The female condom is a thin, soft, loose-fitting sheath that keeps semen inside the condom and out of your vagina.

Each condom has a soft ring on each end. The inner ring at the closed end of the sheath is used to insert the condom inside the vagina and to hold it in place during intercourse.

Here are 6 other interesting things about female condoms you should know.

  1. When used properly, the female condom can reduce the risk of HIV by at least 94-97%
  2. The female condom can be inserted up to eight hours before sex.
  3. The female condom can be used during menstruation or pregnancy (or after recent childbirth).
  4. The FC1 female condom (the earlier generation of female condoms) was first made from polyurethane. The second generation female condom is called the FC2 and is made from synthetic nitrile (a synthetic rubber which is an alternative for people with latex allergies)
  5. The female condom can be used with both oil-based and water-based lubricants. In the event of breakage during sex, use emergency contraception as soon as possible and also get tested for sexually transmitted infections
  6. Female condoms need not be used at the same time with male condoms as the friction between both could cause the condoms to break or tear.

We know many women shy away from the condom topic but it pays to protect yourself and be in charge of your own health and sex life! Remember to get tested and practise safe sex at all times.