The best way to ensure the female condom (FC2) will give you the maximum protection starts before you ever open the package. Follow these simple tips to help ensure you are using it right!
Remember, if you have never used a female condom before, practice first! Put it on by yourself to make sure you know the drill before you are in the heat of the moment.
Before you insert the FC2…
Check the expiration date. Never use a condom that is expired. Expiration dates are found on the cardboard package and also on the wrapper of each individual condom.
Make sure the wrapper has not been opened. If it looks extremely flat and smashed, don't use it.
When to put it on…
The female condom can be inserted and worn up to eight (8) hours before sexual contact. It is a good idea to have the condom in place well in advance of foreplay, oral sex, skin-to-skin contact and/or penetration. This will reduce your risk of spreading disease and will keep pre-cum from causing pregnancy.
How to put it on…
Carefully open the plastic wrapper. Start to tear the edge that has a zig-zag cut. Usually, the wrapper indicates the best spot to tear. Make sure you are only tearing the package and NOT the condom! Never use your teeth, scissors, etc. to open a condom.
Pull the condom out and take a good look. Make sure there are no obvious rips or tears. The FC2 will be heavily lubricated with silicone, but if it feels sticky and gummy, don't use it.
Make sure the plastic ring inside is positioned all the way to the closed end of the FC2. Grasp the outside of the condom, folding the inner plastic ring in half.
Push the inner ring into the vagina as far as it will go. Use your fingers to push more of the condom into the vaginal canal. The inner ring will expand, cover the cervix and help keep the condom in place.
Be sure the outer ring at the opening of the FC2 remains outside of the body. Any additional slack in material will decrease with penetration.
During and after…
At the time of penetration, guide the penis into the female condom. Make sure penetration is occurring within the condom and NOT off to the side, between the condom and vaginal wall.
During intercourse, occasionally check to make sure the outer ring is still outside of the body. If it has been pushed in the body, STOP and adjust the ring until it is outside of the body.
When it is time to remove the FC2, hold the outer ring and twist the condom closed as you are pulling it out of the vagina. This ensures no fluids will leak out of the FC2 while it is being removed.
Wrap the used FC2 in a tissue and throw it in the garbage. Never flush it down the toilet and never re-use the female condom.