How to use the FC2 internal 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, it 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 Simple Health team members.
Rub the packet to distribute the lubricant evenly. Using your hands, carefully tear open the packet using the slit at the top.
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.
- 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.
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!
- 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!
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 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.
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