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The 411 on Female Condoms Developed by the Chicago Female Condom Campaign ringonit.org

Female Condom (FC) Basics
Just like male condoms, FCs help reduce the risk of HIV, STIs, and unintended pregnancy. You can insert an FC hours before vaginal sex, so you don’t have to interrupt foreplay to be safe. FCs help you take control of your own health. FCs can be used for vaginal or anal sex.

The FC2! New and Improved FC2 is the newest version of the female condom Approved by the FDA in early 2009 What makes it new and improved? Softer Seamless Quieter More affordable Non-allergenic, so it’s good for people with latex allergies If possible try and have an FC and an FC2 for visual comparison. Have an FC2 that’s already opened so that you can point out the differences while you discuss them.

Female Condoms are for Everybody
You! Women, men, transgender folk Even if a person has had a hysterectomy Gay, straight Any position Any time Any time during a woman’s cycle Pre or post-menopausal

Feel-Good Reasons to Use FCs
Once you pop, you won’t have to stop! FCs don’t require an erect penis, so your partner doesn’t have to pull out right after ejaculation. Feel the heat! FCs adjust to body temperature, so both you and your partner can feel the heat. Oh! Oh! The two rings of the FC double the pleasure for you and your partner.

External Anatomy: Female
Key Terms: Clitoris Labias (Lips) Vaginal Opening Urethra Mons Pubis and Pubic Bone If you have a model, define these terms by pointing out the anatomical features on the model. If not try and use reference points for people to remember for example; the urethra is below the clitoris. Go through the location as well as the function of each term listed as they are all important structures in using the Female Condom. The terms are defined below: Clitoris: The clitoris is where the vast majority of nerves in the vaginal area are concentrated (there are over 8,000 nerve endings here, double the number of nerves that are in the glans (tip) of the penis! Labias: The ‘lips’ of the vagina. The labia majora are usually larger and are the outer lips, where as the labia minora are generally smaller and around the vaginal opening. Vaginal Opening: The vaginal opening is the opening into the vaginal canal, the tunnel through which babies emerge. Urethra: Is the very small opening that women pee through. It is below the clitoris and above the vaginal opening inside the labia minora. Mons Pubis and Pubic Bone: Can be felt usually around or below the button on pants. The inner ring of the female condom inserts behind the pubic bone is the main way the female condom stays in place during sex.

Internal Anatomy: Female
Key Terms: Vaginal Canal Cervix Uterus Fallopian Tubes Ovaries Vaginal Canal: The tunnel leading from the exterior of the vaginal to the uterus. Part of the birth canal. Cervix: The end of the uterus that hangs into the vagina. Looks like a soft button. Has a very small hole in it that menstrual blood and semen can travel through. Only expands during childbirth. Otherwise the hole is too small to fit anything (eg Female condoms, tampons, penises) through. Uterus: Where a baby develops inside a woman. Where the eggs are fertilized by sperm. Fallopian Tubes: Long tubes that carry the eggs from the ovaries to uterus. Getting your ‘tubes tied’ means these tubes are separated from the uterus. Ovaries: Where the eggs are held until released, roughly one per month (ovulation) in women who are of a reproductive age.

Anatomy: Anal Key Terms: Anus Rectum Male Female

How to Use FCs: Getting Ready
Check the expiration date- on the left side of package- to make sure it’s not expired. Get into a comfortable position Lay on your back Squat Put leg up on something, like a chair Support your body on your hands and knees

How to Use FCs: Vaginal Insertion— Easy as 1, 2, 3
1. Squeeze the inner ring between your thumb and middle finger.

How to Use FCs: Vaginal Insertion— Easy as 1, 2, 3
2. Insert the inner ring into the vagina and use your index finger to guide it inside.

How to Use FCs: Vaginal Insertion— Easy as 1, 2, 3
3. Put your finger inside the FC and gently push it into the vaginal canal. The inner ring will fit behind the pubic bone and over the cervix.

How to Use FCs: Anal Insertion— Easy as 1, 2, 3
1. Squeeze the inner ring between your thumb and middle finger.

How to Use FCs: Anal Insertion— Easy as 1, 2, 3
2. Insert the inner ring into the anal opening and use your finger to guide it inside.

How to Use FCs: Anal Insertion— Easy as 1, 2, 3
3. Put your finger inside the condom and push it into the anal cavity. The inner ring should be inserted past the sphincter.* *Some people prefer to remove the inner ring once it has been inserted into the anus. HOWEVER, for vaginal sex, the ring must be kept inside.

How to Use FCs: Anal Insertion— Easy as 1, 2, 3
When using FCs for anal sex, you have another option for insertion. You can remove the inner ring and put the FC over an erect penis or a dildo, and then enter the anus. Be sure to use lots of lube and enter the anus slowly.

Once the FC is inserted:
Make sure it is not twisted. It should be smooth against the walls of the vagina or anus. The outer ring should be outside of the vagina or anus so that it covers the external genitalia or anal opening. Hold the FC in place and guide the penis into it. Be sure your partner’s penis doesn’t go to the side of it.

That’s a Wrap! When you do decide to remove the condom, twist the outer ring to keep the semen inside. Then gently pull it out, and throw it away. Use a new female condom with every sex act. NEVER use a male condom and a female condom at the same time. It increases the likelihood of breakage and DOES NOT increase protection.

Got Issues? Lube! Lube! Lube!
Use more lube to increase pleasure and ensure that: The penis freely moves in and out The FC does not make noise during sex The FC is unlikely to come out during sex, but if it does, or if the outer ring goes inside of the vagina or anus, start over with a new FC and use more lube.

Frustrating Firsts Do you remember the first time you tried to put in a contact lens? A tampon? The first time you drove a car? Just like anything else, using an FC takes practice. Three times is the charm! All these things were hard and frustrating the first time you tried, but now seem common place and easy. The second set of questions are now cultural norms, but at the time were considered really strange and unpopular. We want the female condom to fit in to our society and be accepted on an individual and societal level, in the same way (if not more so!) that other contraceptives are accepted.

Where YOU Can Get Female Condoms
Ask your health care provider Go to ringonit.org for a list of community-based organizations in Chicago that provide FCs Check your local Chicago Department of Public Health Clinic FC2s are not yet available in stores, but many stores carry FC1s

Credits Presentation produced by the Chicago Female Condom Campaign, adapted from materials created by Makadon, H., et al. The Fenway Guide to LGBT Health. American College of Physicians © 2008; The Pleasure Project Safer is Sexy Guide, The Female Health Company. The Chicago Female Condom Campaign is a coalition of HIV/AIDS, reproductive justice, women’s health, and gay men’s health organizations dedicated to  increasing access, affordability, availability, awareness, and utilization of female condoms. Learn more about the Campaign at ringonit.org.

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