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Female Condom

Unread postby GS_6 » Thu May 21, 2020 1:51 am

How does the female condom stop sperm?

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Re: Female Condom

Unread postby Heather » Thu May 21, 2020 7:12 am

Inside (or "female") condoms work the same way outside (or "male") condoms do: by containing semen, and the sperm cells it contains, inside the condom.

A condom still surrounds the penis -- and in fact, covers more surface area than outside condoms do -- it's just tethered to the vagina and vulva instead of to the penis. Make sense?
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Re: Female Condom

Unread postby GS_6 » Fri May 22, 2020 1:25 am

Doesn't the female have two openings - two holes on either side?

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Re: Female Condom

Unread postby Siân » Fri May 22, 2020 4:19 am

I'm not quite sure what you mean. Around the area of the vulva there are three openings: the vaginal canal, the urethra (this one is very small and harder to spot) and the anus - there's a good diagram and explanation here which you can look at for more information: Innies & Outies: The Vagina, Clitoris, Uterus and More.

Internal condoms are placed inside the vagina before vaginal intercourse - so you just need one at a time (though you should use a new condom every time you have sex!).

Does that answer your question?

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Re: Female Condom

Unread postby GS_6 » Sat May 23, 2020 1:21 am

Sorry Siân. What I meant was that doesn't the female condom have two openings - two holes - one on either side? Wouldn't the semen fall straight through?

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Re: Female Condom

Unread postby Sam W » Sat May 23, 2020 7:25 am

Ah, thanks for clarifying! Nope, the internal condom only has one opening, the same as an external (male) condom does; the opening that the penis goes into. There's actually an illustration of it, and a diagram on how it's used, in this article: All the Barriers! All the Time!

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Re: Female Condom

Unread postby GS_6 » Sun May 24, 2020 1:43 am

And, do they come in different sizes? How would I work that out?

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Re: Female Condom

Unread postby Alexa » Sun May 24, 2020 7:08 am

Internal condoms do not come in different sizes. One of the benefits of internal condoms is that they are able to take the shape of the vaginal canal once they are inserted & warm up from body heat, so they are sort of one-size-fits-all.
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Re: Female Condom

Unread postby GS_6 » Mon May 25, 2020 1:53 am

Oh. Awesome. Thanks for the help everyone. :)

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Re: Female Condom

Unread postby Jacob » Mon May 25, 2020 4:05 am

I was just about to jump in with an answer but I see everyone else got there! Glad it was helpful GS.
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Re: Female Condom

Unread postby GS_6 » Tue May 26, 2020 1:26 am

If you have any extra info, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Re: Female Condom

Unread postby Mo » Tue May 26, 2020 3:03 pm

Is there any information in particular you're looking for?

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Re: Female Condom

Unread postby GS_6 » Thu May 28, 2020 1:35 am

Just anything really. Common knowledge?

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Re: Female Condom

Unread postby Heather » Thu May 28, 2020 7:09 am

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