#HealthBytes: 5 reasons to use a female condom
We agree that female condoms are not as popular as their male counterparts, but they sure are gaining attention now, and because of good reasons. Female condoms are effective, come with zero physical side-effects, are a one-size-fits-all device. And above all, they transfer birth-control and STI-reduction power into a woman's hand. Here are 5 reasons to start using a female condom.
In 95-98% cases, female condoms work
With as much as 95 to 98% effectiveness rate, female condoms make for a better choice than male ones. Hence, female condoms are a great way of getting over the threat of unwanted pregnancy, if you're not ready for one. In addition, these are highly effective in lowering the risk of dreadful Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), including the fatal HIV.
Female condoms are latex-free and more comfortable
Unlike the traditional, latex-based, male condoms, female condoms are made from a soft plastic material called nitrile, which is stronger-yet-thinner than latex. This could be a life-saver for people with latex allergies and sensitivity. The female condom is totally hypoallergenic, thus won't irritate the delicate genital skin. Additionally, these condoms provide more breathing room to the penis, thus some men find them more comfortable.
Unlike male condoms, female condoms go well with lubricants
When using penile condoms, one has to be extra careful about the lubricants they use for intercourse. This is because some oil-based lubes may actually wear down the latex on these condoms, thus rendering them ineffective. On the other hand, while using the (latex-free) female condoms, you can use all your favorite oil and water-based lubes. Neither the fun, nor the effectiveness is spoiled.
Female condoms come with an extra layer of protection
A male condom covers only the body of the penis and your internal internal vaginal genitals, but the female condoms, being larger, provide greater protection. Due to the outer-ring, a lady condom protects not just the inside of your vagina but also the outer parts of labia, the perineal region, and the base of the penis. This raises their effectiveness bar for preventing STDs.
Couples who've tried it say it increases fun!
Some couples believe that using an internal (female) condom actually makes the whole experience more pleasurable. Having your partner insert one into her vagina could enhance the foreplay feels. Apart from that, the inner ring of a female condom might stimulate the tip of your partner's penis. Similarly, the rubbing of outer ring against your vulva or clitoris could enhance your pleasure during intercourse.