When it comes to sex, there’s no such thing as too much protection. If you want to be doubly sure you’re protected against STIs and unplanned pregnancy, consider the female condom. Used in conjunction with your regular birth control method, you’ll be twice as safe – which means double the fun!
Here are our top five reasons you should start using the female condom.
5 great reasons to start using the female condom
1. Better the pleasure
Female condoms don’t restrict or inhibit pleasure for either partner – rather, thanks to their outer ring and the fact that they come pre-lubricated, they can help to enhance your enjoyment of sex. Overall, while we know it’s a myth that condoms reduce sensations during sex, both men and women may experience more satisfaction with the female condom during intercourse. That gets a double thumbs-up from us!
2. You’re in charge
You know longer have to ‘convince’ your guy to wrap up, or leave it up to him to make a decision about protection (although if he’s not on board about having safe sex, you should really reconsider getting intimate with him, because he probably doesn’t respect you or value your well-being).
With a female condom in place – sometimes known as a femidom – you’re able to put your own barrier in place and protect yourself from start to finish, regardless of whether your guy wears a condom or not. How empowering is that!
3. Lower failure rate than condoms
While condoms may break, tear or slip off from time to time, the odds of this happening with a female condom are significantly lower, according to several studies.
Read more: What to do if the condom breaks.
4. They work for anal sex too
Anal sex is one of the riskier kinds of sex you can have, so you don’t want to take a chance with a broken condom. Femidoms are a great option for protecting yourself during anal, provided you insert them properly (read: use loads of lube!). For easier insertion, try removing the inner ring before putting them in, and always stick to water or silicone-based lubricant only.
5. They can enable you to be more spontaneous during sex
Applying a condom (or a femidom for that matter) can be a sexy part of your foreplay routine.
That said, we understand that stopping in the heat of the moment to hunt around for condom can be something of a buzzkill. So isn’t it great that the female condom can be inserted up to 8 hours before sex, giving you loads more leeway to be spontaneous? Now you can go straight from frisky foreplay to sizzling sex without having to stop to wrap up.
For contraceptives and more, Marie Stopes always has your back
Finding the contraceptive option that works for you takes the stress out of sex and helps you to simply enjoy the moment. So pop into your nearest Marie Stopes centre to find the option that works for you, and start having fun, worry-free sex without risk, just as it should be.