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The Right Way to Use a Female Condom

August 12, 2016

This document contains sexually graphic images and may not be suitable for some audiences.


Female Condom Dos and Don'ts
  • DO use a female condom from start to finish, every time you have vaginal sex.*
  • DO read the condom package insert and check the expiration date.
  • DO make sure there are no tears or defects.
  • DO use lubricant to help prevent the condom from slipping and tearing.
  • DO store female condoms in a cool, dry place.
  • DON'T use a male condom with a female condom, as this can cause tearing.
  • DON'T reuse a female condom.
  • DON'T flush female condoms as they may clog the toilet.

* Female condoms can also be used for anal sex.


How to Insert and Remove a Female Condom

How To Insert and Remove a Female Condom

Credit: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


For more information please visit www.cdc.gov/condomeffectiveness.


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