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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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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 Network has always been committed to ensuring that every woman has self-determination in all aspects of her reproductive and sexual health--and the female condom furthers this ideal.
CONCLUSIONS: If provisions are made for instructing women on female condom use in places where women will not feel stigmatized, and if supplies are easily and consistently available, uptake of the female condom among female sex workers in Central America seems likely.
For the female condom, counseling was more intensive than that for the male condom, and the woman practiced insertion and removal with a plastic model of the female pelvis.
There are several types of contraceptives that women can use, so the female condom might be overlooked in the mix of contraceptives," said Brady.
The female condom is a critical tool that holds many important advantages for women and their partners.
Why has the female condom so far failed to be adopted widely?
As World AIDS Day approaches, leaders of the YWCA across Africa are coming together to call on national governments and international donors to accelerate distribution of the female condom to women in developing countries.
The high cost of the female condom has prevented many women in developing countries from accessing the prevention device, but a new second-generation female condom made of synthetic latex could change this.
1) Likewise, the female condom (a potential alternative for the male condom) is approved only for one-time use by the U.
The female condom is a thin, loose-fitting and flexible polyurethane plastic pouch that is designed to line the vaginal walls.