You Can Use Them for Anal
Yup, you heard that right: FC2 can be used for anal sex. Just as with vaginal sex, this barrier provides a different option - and different sensation - than using a male condom. Just remove the condom’s inner ring and push it into the rectum, or place it over the man’s penis and push it into the rectum.
"It isn’t approved for anal sex [by the FDA], but male condoms aren’t approved for anal sex either. The reality is that it’s safer to be protected," Gaudreau said.
You got that right. Plus, because female condoms are basically big receptacles for lube, they might even make your anal adventures a little more pleasurable. (Get some tips on safe anal play in What You Need to Know About Anal Sex.)
They’re Cheap Enough
One big criticism of female condoms is the price. Yeah, they cost more than male condoms, but if you’re more likely to use them, $2 is still a lot cheaper than an unexpected pregnancy - or dealing with an STD. Am I right?
The Main Reason Women Aren’t Using Them Is Stupid
According to a study done by the Centers for Disease Control in 2002, only about 2 percent of American women had ever used a female condom. Granted, that’s an old study (although it's still the most recent data available), but even if the newer, better FC2 has nudged that percentage up a bit, this still isn’t a very popular form of birth control. The reason is simple. And it’s stupid. Are you ready for this? Women don’t like to touch their own vaginas.
"I’m surprised by how many people don’t know about female anatomy," Gaudreau said. "To insert a female condom, you have to have some idea of what’s going on down there. I’m surprised by how many women can’t find their own pubic bone. I’m surprised by how many women are afraid to touch themselves."
Yeesh. So are we. If you think the female condom is weird, you’ve gotta wonder whether banishing a part of your own body as untouchable isn’t kind of weird too. And sad. (Learn to love your lady bits! Read Your Vagina Isn't Ugly, It Just Looks That Way.)
They Deserve Some Respect
Maybe you’d rather stick with male condoms, or birth control pills or an IUD. Good for you. Safe sex in any form is a beautiful thing. But aren’t you glad you have those choices to make? The female condom is just one more option; one that gives women additional control in protecting themselves against STIs; one that avoids all the potential side effects that come with hormonal birth control; and one that’s a lot more practical in other parts of the world, where hormonal contraceptives are harder to come by (and STIs are an even bigger concern).
So maybe this method of birth control isn’t right for you, but give it a cheer anyway in honor of Global Female Condom Day. Chances are the female condom is just right for someone. In a world where there are still far too many unintended pregnancies and cases of STI transmission, that's something worth celebrating.
Have you given female condoms a try? Let us know in the comments.