Your guide to the FC2

Meet the female-forward contraceptive that protects you against STIs.

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Here's why we love the FC2

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The FC2 protects against unintended pregnancies and greatly reduces the risk of an STI - enjoy sex knowing you’re protected.

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Latex free

It is made of nitrile, a stronger and thinner material than latex, and transfers heat better which can make the FC2 feel more natural.

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Enhanced pleasure

Its inner and outer rings have been reported to enhance pleasure for users.

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Also known as the female condom, it’s an empowering alternative to the male condom that can be inserted ahead of time or as part of foreplay.

A How-To On the Female Condom

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1. Open

Rub the packet to distribute the lubricant evenly. Using your hands, carefully tear open the packet using the slit at the top.

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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.

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3. Insert

Relax and find a comfortable position. 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. 

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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.

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5. Use

While holding the outer ring in place, guide your partner's penis into your vagina. 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.

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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). 

Have a few more questions? 

How effective is the FC2 Internal Condom at preventing pregnancy?

When used correctly, the female condom is 95% effective against pregnancy.

How to use a female condom?

We’ve detailed it step-by-step for you here.

Can I use lubricant with the FC2?

Yes, water-, silicone- and oil-based lubricants are safe to use with the female condom.

What is the FC2 made of?

It is made of nitrile, a latex-free material, that is stronger and thinner than latex. Nitrile also transfers heat better, so it feels more natural and can provide extra sensation.

Why use the FC2 Female Condom over the male condom?

The male condom is similar to the FC2 in that both are great options to prevent pregnancy and the transmission of STIs. However, the FC2 is more female-forward as it does not require an erection and can be used with any size penis. This means it can be inserted prior to penetration, so you can feel prepared. Read more reasons to use the FC2 over the male condom here.  

How often will I receive my FC2 order?

Your FC2 order will be delivered with your already scheduled birth control refills.

Do you have any tips on using the female condom?

  • It can take three times to get it just right, so don’t get too discouraged right away. 
  • During insertion some positions to try are standing with one foot on a chair, sitting with knees apart, squatting, or lying down. And involving a partner can make this experience enjoyable for both parties.
  • Don't be afraid to use more water-, oil-, or silicone-based lubricants, it can enhance pleasure for all parties!

What does it feel like when you use it?

Everybody’s experience using the female condom is different, so we can't say for sure what it will feel like for you. If you’re looking for more, read what this user’s experience was like using the FC2 for the first time here.

What others think!

Hear what some of our patients have to say about the FC2 Internal Condom.


"Overall, I had a great experience and personally prefer the internal condom over the male condom."


"Every women should have the option for [female condoms] to be available and be in charge of their own sex life."