Internal condoms aren’t as widely known as external condoms, so there may be misunderstandings about how they are used! Let’s get clear on the facts:
Myth: The internal condom can get lost in the vagina.
Fact: The outer ring is meant to be kept outside of you, so the condom doesn’t get lost inside of you. If the external ring of the condom does get pushed into the vagina, simply insert your fingers until you feel the ring, pull the condom out, and replace it.
Myth: Internal condoms are uncomfortable.
Fact: Many people say the internal condom increases pleasure during sex. For people with vaginas, the outer ring can help stimulate the clitoris. For people with penises, the internal condom is made of a different material and is wider than the external condom, which can be more comfortable.
Myth: The internal condom has to be inserted right before sex.
Fact: Internal condoms can be inserted up to 8 hours before sex!
Myth: The internal condom can be used with all other types of birth control.
Fact: The internal condom cannot be used with the diaphragm, cervical cap, sponge, or the ring because the inner ring of the internal condom fits into the same place at the cervix. The internal condom can be used with other birth control methods, such as the pill, patch, injections, IUD contraceptives, and post-sterilization.
Myth: Internal condoms are only used by people with vaginas.
Fact: Internal condoms can be used for both vaginal and anal sex between partners of any gender. The internal condom can be used with sex toys as well. The use of internal condoms for anal sex is considered “off label” use, meaning it hasn’t been studied thoroughly enough to be recommended by the FDA, but it may be appropriate in some cases.
Myth: Wearing an internal condom and external condom increases protection during sex.
Fact: Your partner should NOT wear an external condom if you are using an internal condom. This makes both condoms more likely to rip and actually reduces the effectiveness of either method.
We hope this helps clear up any confusion about internal condoms for you! For more information, visit FC2’s website.
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