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Gone are the days when you would need to squabble with your partner to use protection for sex when he isn’t too willing to do it. Their reasons for resistance to using protection may vary. Some men find it a hassle to wear a condom mid-act since it puts the flame off for them, while some experience a lack of sensation when using a physical barrier for sex. But ladies, why fret when you can take charge of your sexual experience by trying out a female condom?
Also known as internal condoms, ‘fem doms’ or vaginal condoms can be inserted vaginally or can be used for anal sex.
Female condoms can protect you from sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies, just like a male condom does. It can be used several hours before sex and can provide you control over your reproductive choices and choose protected sex.
We’ve got you a primer on female condoms by Divya Sethi, a sexual wellness expert.
“It comes with two flexible rings on each end, one inside and one at the opening. It is also lubricated for better insertion. The ring at the bottom is a spongy soft ring while the bigger ring holds the condom in place,” says Sethi.
Health experts have endorsed the use of a female condom for men who have sex with men and indulge in anal sex as they are at a higher risk of HIV. The general lack of availability and unfamiliarity with such protection for women is the biggest reason why masses are still reluctant to try them out. The high cost and low availability of internal condoms should not deter you from using them since they are a female-initiated method of protection.
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