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Female condoms are a 100% viable alternative to the boy’s version. However, like the latex buddies the guys (should not) keep in their back pocket, there are a few more things to know before you decide to insert things. Here are the positives and negatives of our little plastic baggies…
THE PROS OF FEMALE CONDOMS
NO SIDE EFFECTS
Other than the possibly itchy, annoying allergy (which I’ll talk about later and probably give way too much personal detail about), there aren’t really any side effects. Keep in mind, I’m not including things like tearing/breaking because you decided using your teeth was a good idea, or not bothering to check the expiry date.
NONO TO INFECTIONS, MOSTLY
Things like the patch, shot, IUD, and other sticky, pokey, or prescription-y things can be used to prevent going into baby-mode, but these don’t protect against STIs. Ladies’ condoms do the same thing the boy’s ones do (with a 95% success rate, if used correctly).
Okay, okay. Yes, I said that part about using your teeth – and it’s still true! – but that doesn’t change the fact that they are sturdy pieces of contraception and right up there with male condom endurance.
Nope, you don’t need to walk into the doctor’s office and announce you want a Femidom so you can have anal sex while watching old news reruns as you are hooked up to a car battery … or whatever. They are super easy to get and, assuming you get a cool checkout clerk, 100% weirdness free.
One could argue that a woman carrying a normal condom is taking control of her sexual safety and power; however, the dude still needs to put it on. Then, there is the thing “ghosting” that some assholes do (where they pull it off without you knowing and then continue – vile). A women’s condom goes inside the woman, so she in complete control of the contraception.
GET IT ON EARLY
Another wonderful benefit is that these little guys can be put in up to 8 hours before intercourse. This means you don’t have to fiddle with lubed-up hands and trying to open a packet.
YOU CAN WAIT A MOMENT
Men’s condoms should be taken off right after (before you even cuddle and especially before you fall into a post-coital slumber), and the other version is the same – but you do have a bit more time remove it. Just make sure you take it out the right way – not the messy way.
This is twofold. First, being in control of their own bodies and safety, girls can relax more. And if you didn’t already know, relaxation is a major key to sexual pleasure. The second part is about the ring on the outside. Some reports say that the friction against the clit can be a wonderful thing.
MORE DUDE PLEASURE
Male condoms need to be snug enough that it won’t slide off – it’s not like a chokehold on your dick or anything, but with the girl kind, there’s more “freedom” and different sensations. Some guys might like it.
THE CONS OF FEMALE CONDOMS
These baggies cost WAY more than the more common male kind. They can run anywhere between 2 to 5 dollars. Ouch. It’s some sort of chicken and egg thing … that we really don’t care about, but either they cost more because people don’t use them or people don’t use them before they cost more. Sigh.
Okay. I’ve seen numbers all over the place. It’s like a bingo game for female condoms safety percentages. Even so, if you use them the wrong way, your protection levels go from a nice 95%(ish) down to a 21% failure rate. Don’t get it? That’s okay. I failed math class too. Basically, 21 out of every 100 will get pregnant if used incorrectly. You can up the changes by adding foams, jelly, or cream contraceptions with it.
LESS STUDY BUDDIES
No idea why, but the girls’ condoms aren’t studied or experimented with as much as the male ones. Weird.
You need to stay on your back when taking out the condom, otherwise … you might find the contents of the bag leaking out all over the floor. Have fun cleaning that up.
SIZE AND FIT
- The inner and outer rings are tricky to learn how to put in.
- The outer ring can slip out of place during sex
- The guy can accidentally slid past the out ring (if not positioned the right way)
- They’re also one size only, but that doesn’t really matter too much.
SNAP CRACKLE POP
Heehee. Okay, this one is just funny. Since it IS a baggie and not something fitting tight against your vagoo walls, there can be crackling and other noises during penetration. Think of scrunching a sandwich bag as you screw or rolling around on your grandmother’s plastic-covered furniture. LOL.
What have been your experiences with internal condoms? Share in the comments!