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condom

 [kon´dum]
a sheath or cover worn over the penis during sexual intercourse for contraception and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.
female condom a long polyurethane sheath that is inserted into the vagina as a contraceptive; it has a flexible ring that fits over the cervix like a diaphragm and another ring that extends outside the vagina. See also contraception.
 Female condom. When correctly in place, the female condom covers the cervix and lines the vaginal canal with the open end outside the vagina. From Nichols and Zwelling, 1997.

female condom

n.
See condom.

female condom

a sheath worn inside the vagina, also extending outward to cover the vulva. It is used to prevent pregnancy or transmission of infection.
A barrier-type contraceptive device worn by a woman, which offers some protection against pregnancy and STDs.
Pros Compatible with oil-based lubricants; greater protection is provided for the external genitalia of both partners; it can be cleaned and re-used up to 10 times without compromising its structural integrity
Cons The device was not enthusiastically adopted after its 1988 launch, given its high cost—$0.72—the skill required to properly deploy it and the rustling sound the material imparted while in use
Success rate FC has an annual pregnancy rate of 21-26% vs ± 15% with a condom

female condom

Vaginal pouch An externally placed contraceptive device, which offers some protection against pregnancy and STDs. See Contraceptives. Cf Condom.

fe·male con·dom

(fē'māl kon'dŏm)
An intravaginal bag, usually latex, which lines the vulva and vagina and is intended to prevent contraception during coitus.
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FEMALE CONDOM

female condom

An intravaginal device, similar to the male condom, designed to prevent unwanted pregnancy and STDs. It consists of a soft loose-fitting polyurethane sheath closed at one end. A flexible polyurethane ring is inside the closed end, and another sheath is at the open end. The inner ring is used for insertion, covering the cervix as a contraceptive diaphragm does and also for anchoring and positioning the condom well inside the vagina. During use the external ring remains outside the vagina and covers the area around the vaginal opening. This prevents contact between the labia and the base of the penis. The female condom is prelubricated; additional lubrication is provided in the package. It is designed for one-time use. As a contraceptive, it is as effective as other barrier methods.
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Care most often mentioned by women for the use of male and female condoms was related to the expiration date, form of openness, packaging conditions and conservation of condoms.
We love the protection and choice that female condoms offer, and resent the discrepancy between the two methods' classification--you should too
METHODS: In-depth interviews were conducted at two sites in Cape Town, South Africa, with 14 women and 13 men who had used female condoms.
The Female Health Company (NasdaqCM:FHCO) reported on Friday the receipt of a recent tender of up to 11m units FC2(R) Female Condoms.
The female condoms allow women to protect themselves (7), and have proved to help them gain more control over their sexuality (8).
After the session, most participants said that female condoms were a useful and sensible preventive method.
While the hugely popular "Moods" has been a scorching success as a masculine contraceptive device, HLL has also launched VELVET, a third generation low-protein and natural latex-based female condoms.
org), an international nonprofit health organisation, has recently intensified its advocacy efforts to expand access to female condoms through its Protection Options for Women Product Development Partnership (POW PDP).
However, although female condoms were approved by the US FDA in 1993, more than 20 years later even today they represent only 1% of all condoms distributed worldwide.
Female condoms can be effective, but they have some of the same liabilities as male condoms and are more expensive than male condoms, the grant challenge said.
While female condoms seem to be proving a flop show, women have started choosing condoms for their partners as per their choice to have different pleasure every time," said Ravichandran.