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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.
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 condomVaginal 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.
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.See: illustration
See also: condom