female condom

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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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See also: condom
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Female Health Group, Cupid, HLL, Silk Parasol, and Tianjin Condombao Medical Polyurethane Tech are some of the major companies in the female condom market and their products include Origami Female Condom, Female Panty Condom, Natura Sensation Condoms, and dumbbell shaped Condoms.
Globally, the female condom is becoming increasingly popular.
4-7) In particular, it is essential to examine the feasibility of women's using the female condom to gain control of sexual encounters.
Intervention studies operationalized acceptability that women who accept the female condom are the ones who have a positive attitude and/or willingness to use female condoms.
Though male condoms are known to be a protective measure, people are still ignorant of the female condom which is the only woman-initiated barrier methods and its benefits.
Rather than simply listing off benefits, the couple brings to life the benefits of the female condom through clever acting and cheeky sound effects.
The acceptability of reuse of the female condom among urban South African women.
So far the female condom has not achieved equivalent status to the male condom but it does expand options for contraception and STI prevention, especially for women.
Population Council representatives Martha Brady, Nafissatou Diop, and Sam Kalibala have been involved in promoting access to the female condom in various ways and settings, including through participation on the UNFPA-led Interagency Working Group on Comprehensive Condom Programming.
The female condom is not especially popular in the United States.
Women were also taught how to introduce the female condom to their partners.