While sex and babies are all great and sought after, it does become necessary to impose some amount of control, at least when it comes to how often one gets pregnant. This is why family planning has caught on. It helps you get how many kids you want but in an effective and healthy way that helps you space out your pregnancies. The use of contraceptives ensures that one only gets pregnant when one plans for it.
Contraceptives are methods or techniques of preventing pregnancy. These include permanent as well as temporary methods, using either chemical or physical barriers. Permanent barriers generally refer to the undergoing of certain operations such as vasectomy and tubectomy, chemical barriers include using substances such as spermicide or pills which alter hormone compositions, and temporary physical barriers are generally used during the period of intercourse, or for a period that is under the control of the individual that utilizes these barriers.
Now, we’ve all heard of condoms for men, IUDs, and the pill, but how many of us have heard of female condoms? Female condoms are a physical method of temporary contraception. Along with preventing pregnancy, they also prevent the transference of STDs, much like male condoms.
But how exactly do they work?
Female condoms are like small pouches that are inserted into the vagina before sex. They’re made of nitrile polymer which is the same material used in making medical gloves. It has one ring at each end of the condom, one of which is closed and the other is open. The closed end must be inserted into the vaginal cavity, all the way in, till your cervix (use lubricant to make this easier). It is similar to inserting a tampon. If you’ve ever worn a tampon, this should be easy. The open end must hand out of the vagina in order to be able to remove it after intercourse and to ensure that the penis doesn’t slip out of it. When inserting the penis, be careful to ensure that the penis doesn’t slip between the condom and the vaginal wall. After intercourse, twist the end of the condom so that the semen does not fall out when you’re disposing of it. It works the same way for anal intercourse.
Important points to remember:
1. It can’t be flushed down the toilet after use (just like male condoms) because of the material that it’s made out of (it’ll probably clog your toilet).
2. The advantage of using nitrile polymer is that it can be used by those who are allergic to latex or similar materials.
3. It isn’t reusable, so dispose of it after one use.
4. Check the expiry date because expired condoms will not be effective.
5. Check for physical defects, as if a female condom has this, it pretty much becomes redundant.
6. It can be inserted well ahead of time, unlike male condoms.
7. Do not use a female condom along with a male condom as the friction could cause either or both of them to tear.
Is it really effective?
Majority of the contraceptives When used correctly, female confidence have a 95% rate of efficiency. If used incorrectly, this rate could drop to 79-80%. To make it efficient, it’s important to be sure to follow the instructions clearly. Use lubricant to make sure it doesn’t tear due to friction and that it get’s inserted well. They are more efficient when paired up with other contraceptives such as an IUD or a pill, but NOT with another condom; They are meant to be used independently for the most effective, efficient use.