How to use the FC2 Internal (Female) Condom

Published: March 12, 2020Updated: March 28, 2022
How to use a female condom - how do female condoms work (picture of an internal FC2 female condom)

Whether this is the first time you’ve heard of the FC2 internal/female condom (welcome!) or you have some questions before trying, this contraception method is a great option for safe sex. (To better understand why, check out this blog post.)

That being said, the female can be intimidating to use for the first time, so we’ve created a guide for you with some tips—tested and approved by some of the SimpleHealth team members. Here's how to use a female condom (and for good measure, more on how do female condoms work).

How do female condoms work?

First, a quick reminder on how internal condoms work. Similar to external condoms that sheath penises, internal condoms cover the inside of your vagina. That creates a barrier that prevents sperm from reaching an egg. In doing so, internal condoms help prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases or infections.

how to use a female condom - open the female condom packet

1. Open

The first step in learning how to use a female condom is simple enough. First, rub the packet to distribute the lubricant evenly. Using your hands, carefully tear open the packet using the slit at the top.

how to use a female condom - hand holding the ring on the closed end of the condom

2. Hold

Hold the ring on the closed end of the condom and use two fingers to squeeze the inner ring to form a long and narrow shape.

*Tip: Be patient as the condom may be slippery.

how to use a female condom - hand inserting the internal condom into the vagina

3. Insert

  • Relax and find a comfortable position.
    *Tip: Some positions to try: standing with one foot on a chair, sitting with knees apart, squatting, or lying down.
  • While holding the ring slide it into your vagina, like a tampon. Use your fingers to push the inner ring in your vagina as far as it can go. 
    *Tip: Involving a partner can make this experience enjoyable for both parties.
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4. Ready for Use

The open end of the ring should sit on the outer lips of your vagina with about an inch of the condom outside of your body. Make sure the condom is not twisted inside your vagina.

*Tip: It may look unusual, but will keep you and your partner protected!

how to use a female condom

5. Use

  • While holding the outer ring in place, guide your partner's penis into your vagina. If there is any discomfort, remove the penis and reposition the inner ring. 
  • During sex the condom might move around, just make sure that the penis and vagina are still covered and the condom is not slipping out of/into your vagina.
    *Tip: use water- and silicone-based lubricants for extra pleasure!
how to remove a female condom

6. Removal

Twist the outer ring of the condom to keep the semen inside, and pull out the condom gently. Throw it in the garbage (do not throw it in the toilet).

Most women report having to use FC2 three times to become comfortable with learning how to use a female condom by inserting and using it. Practice makes perfect so if it doesn’t work on your first try, don’t give up! Good luck and don’t forget, sex is supposed to be fun.

Have questions about the FC2 or want to learn more about how do female condoms work? Head here.

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