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Does anyone actually use the Female Condom?

By July 14, 2008 - 1:37pm
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I don't know any women who use them but I know they are around and are supposed to be very effective. Does (or has) anyone use them? Everyone I know uses the Pill, an IUD or male condom.

Does the female condom protect against disease and infection as well as pregnancy and does sex feel the same with them? And where can I get them?

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When I worked in college health, we received lots of questions, and a few requests, for female condoms. They are available at Planned Parenthood and some drugstores. I believe the company is called Reality.

The benefits for using a female condom were to help women feel empowered by sharing in the responsibility of safer sex practices (without using hormones) by having their own condom! Women who are allergic to latex can use them, and they stay in place whether or not the man has an erection.

July 17, 2008 - 12:48pm

I don't know anyone who uses it either, but did find some information on it. To answer your question, according to the National Institutes of Health, it "is a barrier device used for birth control. It is also protective against STDs including HIV. However, it is not thought to be as effective for this purpose as the male condom."

For a list of side effects and tips on proper usage, you may want to visit their Web sit at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/004002.htm

Have you talked to your doctor about obtaining one?

July 14, 2008 - 2:16pm
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