Why you should try the female condom
It’s been around for almost 30 years and yet, most people have never used (or even heard of) the internal (female) condom. The truth is, internal condoms got a bad rap when first brought to market in the '90s (here’s the full story). Luckily the version offered to consumers today, the FC2, is actually a great, female-forward contraception method and alternative to male condoms.
Here are 5 reasons why the FC2 internal condom could be a good fit for you:
- When used correctly, the FC2 internal condom is 95% effective against pregnancy. Even if you are already on a form of birth control, FC2 offers protection from STIs and can act as a backup contraceptive method.
- The internal condom offers flexibility, putting women in control of their sexual health. It doesn’t require an erection and can be used with any sized penis, therefore it is a great option if your partner doesn't enjoy male condoms. Additionally, you can insert the internal condom by yourself ahead of time or as part of foreplay, so there’s no need to interrupt the heat of the moment by fumbling to put on a condom.
- If you're allergic to latex, you can use this product! It is made of a latex-free material (nitrile) that is stronger and thinner than latex, which male condoms are typically made of. This material also transfers heat better, which can feel more natural and add some extra stimulation for both parties.
- Many women and men have reported that the inner ring of the FC2 internal condom enhances pleasure. Additionally, the outer ring may provide additional clitoral stimulation for women. Plus, both water- and silicone-based lubricants are safe to use with it!
- If you have insurance, you can get the FC2 internal condom for free* with Simple Health as part of our Complete Care service.
*The FC2 Internal condom is typically 100% covered by insurance, so the out-of-pocket cost is usually $0.
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