Oh my goodness, so many reasons!
What’s So Great About Female Condoms?
Have you ever gotten all excited just to see your partner’s erection wilt at the sight of a condom? It's a common and frustrating problem. Female condoms to the rescue. That’s right; no more penis panic!
Sex educators love lube. There's no cheaper, easier way to keep things gliding pleasurably along for a long time. With male condoms, men are left with a measly drop or two of lube in the tip. With FC2, you can really lube up the inside (literally pour a little lube into the condom before inserting it). What’s more, you can each choose your own lube! My partner likes silicone, I prefer a hybrid, so it's silicone inside the FC2, hybrid outside. Lube for everyone. It's a beautiful thing. (Learn more about lube in The Ins and Outs of Sexual Lubricant.)
You may know I have strong feelings about period sex. Or having it, that is. But still it’s nice to keep the mess factor down, no? Because of the rigid top ring on a female condom, any blood stays above the condom and out of the way until you take it out. So easy!
I’ve heard people say otherwise but I’m going on record as saying that I barely feel these. I have way more sensation with them than with traditional condoms.
It's nice to be in charge. Rather than playing the "you should put a condom on now" game, I get to say "I’m suiting up and now game on!"
Busting the Myths About Female Condoms
Now that I've learned to love female condoms, I do want to respond directly to the things I heard growing up:
"They hang out of your body"
This is true and, yeah, it’s a little weird at first. Then again, I’ll bet the first person who ever saw a penis covered in latex didn’t think "That totally looks natural." You'll get over it.
"They make swishy sounds"
I have also heard the sound described as "crinkly." This used to be true of female condoms, but it hasn't been a problem for years. The previous version was made of polyurethane which was, in addition to being kind of noisy, expensive. The FC2 is made from nitrile, which is soft, quiet, sensitive and less expensive.
"You have to push them up into your body"
Yes, yes you do. You do have to touch your own vagina to use this product. If that thought makes you uncomfortable maybe you should rethink having sex. (Male condoms are as easy to put on as you might think - at least if you want to do it right. Find out more in 9 Things You Didn't Know About Putting On a Condom.)
Changing Minds Is Hard to Do
The thing is, female condoms have gotten a bum rap for years. But take it from me, this prophylaxis is way underrated. Many years ago, I got the impression that female condoms were a bit of a joke. But you know what's really funny? The fact that more women haven't given them a try.