Female Condom Review
Posted on December 19th, 2008 in Reviews
While my mother was here in November, I managed to get a couple of weeks behind in the business class I’m taking via correspondence. Since then I’ve been scrambling to catch up before the Christmas rush, which is why I haven’t been posting much.
At any rate, I’ve been looking forward to writing a review for this product, because I don’t think it gets nearly enough press.
Female Condoms are an awesome alternative to traditional male condoms, and other safe sex products. Nia has sworn by them for ages, but I’d never gotten around to trying them out until I browsed past them while looking at SexToy.Com recently.
Female condoms are made from polyurethane, which makes them stronger than latex condoms. This also reduces the likelihood of irritation for either partner. They are ideal for people with latex allergies.
The jist of female condoms is that they are designed to act like a second skin inside of the vagina. Basically a tube, with a flexible ring at each end, the smaller ring is inserted into your pussy, and the larger ring stays on the outside. The condom is designed provide extra protection of your inner labia and clitoris (and mouth, if you happen to be on the giving end) from STI’s, and is suitable for use during both penetrative and oral sex.
I learned a few things that I didn’t know about female condoms while I was reading the provided instructions (which are a MUST-READ). For one, female condoms can be inserted up to 8 hours before intercourse, which I think is just fabulous. Particularly if you’re planning to be out for an evening and you fear having to fumble about with it during preparation for a drunken fuck. Just put it in before you go!
Please keep in mind however that female condoms are SINGLE USE. It may seem like a good idea to try getting a couple of uses out of it, particularly since they are a bit pricier than male condoms, but this is not a good idea, ever. You would not use a male condom more than once, female condoms are no different. In a threesome situation, or sex with multiple men at a time, do not use the same condom with more than one partner.
Female condoms are also not designed to be used with male condoms.
Female condoms are lubricated inside of the package, but it’s important to have plenty of additional lubricant on hand. I encourage you to use water-based lubricant for this purpose. You may find that during use the condom becomes dislodged from your vagina or moves around a lot during intercourse. This is a sign that you probably need more lubricant. The inside of the condom should not become so dry that it sticks to the male partner, or sex toys, whatever the case may be. USE ENOUGH LUBE! Jack and I learned this lesson during our first round with one of these.
They do take some getting used to. Don’t be afraid to open one up and practice inserting/removing it several times until you get the hang of it. It’s easy to get discouraged, so expect that it might feel weird the first few times, or it may not stay inside of you, or whatever else. Take a deep breath and then try again, you’ll catch on, I promise.
Jack tells me that the sensation is better for him with the female condoms than it is with male condoms, which is a plus! I feel rather indifferent either way, as far as sensation goes, but I do love the idea of having some of my external girl parts being better protected during sex. I also think it’s so, so important for women to take charge of their own safe sex practices. I never like to be in a position where I have to rely on anyone else for protection. I generally always carry my own condoms, since I know exactly where they have been, when they expire, and what sort of quality they are. I wouldn’t trust my precious pussy or uterus to someone else.
I quite liked female condoms, and I’m glad to have another option in my little arsenal of anti-pregnancy items!
I can’t vouch for how effective they are as a pregnancy or STI prevention product, but apparently they are considered 95% effective against pregnancy, if used correctly every time you have intercourse. I would encourage you to *try* them, because you may find that you prefer them far and wide over male condoms.
My only complain, if any, would be that they feel and act a bit like a plastic ziplock bag. They do ‘crinkle’ some during sex, but it’s not like male condoms are perfect either!
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