Friday, January 11, 2013

FC2: New Female Condom

FC2 Female Condoms 

Guest blog by David Pittle, Ph.D


Amy, a client of mine, reported, “The condom broke!” twice within a week. I assumed that her boyfriend must not know how to use a condom properly, because condoms rarely break when used properly. He must have been using oil-based lubricant, stretching the condom beyond its limits, putting it on without leave a reservoir space for the ejaculate, or using expired condoms.

Now all of that is teachable, but the boyfriend was not my client.I wanted to put the process in Amy’s hands. Years ago, I knew about the “female condom.” The original female condom never got much acceptance. As Joan Price wrote, “It was like having sex in a shower curtain.”

But the new FC2, second generation of female condom, is a different experience and a great improvement. It is soft and pliable, very easy to use, and made of nitrile, like today’s medical exam gloves.

The FC2 condom has many advantages. It . . .
  • Is very comfortable 
  • Is not constricting 
  • Feels good to both the man and the woman 
  • Warms to the temperature of the body, or more specifically, to the vagina 
  • Can be put on hours before intercourse 
  • Can be left in after ejaculation 
  • Is impervious to oil-based lubricants 
  • Is easy to insert 
  • Aids in stimulating the clitoris for some women. 

But the most important advantage from the woman’s point of view. . .
  • It is under control of the woman before she gets involved in the passion of sexual arousal. 

The female condom is easy to use. Insertion can be made a part of foreplay. Some couples make that part of their ritual. It is very hot for him to do the insertion—under her direction.

As we men age, our erectile response may become weaker or take longer. One of the great things about the FC2 is that the man can insert a flaccid penis before working up to an erection.

Strictly speaking, the FC2 is not a male sex toy, but it really can be. A man can use it, and I have, by himself, and find the sensations very pleasurable. One can’t say this about the standard male condom. This is not a minor issue.

When the FC2 female condom was introduced, it was pricey, but the cost has dropped. It's still more than a male condom, but not enough to be a problem.  Most drug stores still don’t carry the FC2 in stock, but Walgreens does, and others will follow as the FC2 gets more popular. They can also be purchased on-line from many vendors including Amazon.

Make the effort to buy the female condom, FC2, and try it. The FC2 is an excellent help in pleasuring ourselves and our partner while we protect our sexual health. You may never want to go back to the male condom—or, of course, to unprotected sex.


David M. Pittle, Ph.D., is a therapist in San Rafael, CA, who has been helping people with sexual issues for over thirty years. Many of his clients are age 50-80, when good sex is important, and dissatisfaction may lead to loss of shared intimacy that can threaten the total relationship. David specializes in helping women who are not experiencing sexual satisfaction and men with non-medical and medically-related erectile dysfunction or other issues. Visit his website here. Please see Dr. Pittle's reviews on this blog of Hitachi Magic Wand , Vacuum Erection Devices, and Tenga Egg



7 comments:

  1. I wonder, can these also be acquired for free like traditional condoms?

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  2. I was given some when I attended a presentation at a sex ed conference, and I've distributed those to people who attend my workshops -- but they're not available for free to the public. They're not expensive.

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  3. Are they still loud and crunch-sounding? That was the buzz killer for me when I tried it 7 years ago.

    Anne

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  4. Anne, no! Much improved! Try them again.

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  5. Good for them. It should be easier for both partners to use contraceptives. Interestingly, they are also testing out a male birth control pill.

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  6. Joan,

    Well, I gave the female condom a 2nd try based on your encouragement. Wow, what an improvement! It's so much more pliable, soft, and QUIET than the one 6 years ago.

    My partner says he gets way more sensation from it than with the male condom. That makes me happy. And I get a little clitoral stimulation as well, an unexpected plus. We're both completely sold on it.

    Thanks so much for updating us on the female condom. Yay for continuous improvement of barrier methods.

    Anne

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    1. Joan,

      After more experience with the female condom, my enthusiasm has dulled a bit since we've given it more tries.

      It's everything I said it was earlier, except that it's WAY too easy for my partner, as he's thrusting in and out, to thrust back in, outside the condom! Yikes. That takes away the whole safety feature, now, doesn't it?

      As much as we like it, we may have to reluctantly go back to the male condom just because it's a safer option. Bummer.

      Anne

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