A Great Option for Both Partners
The FC2 "Female" (we prefer: Internal) Condom offers many advantages for couples who want to ensure protection from pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted infection. The internal condom is a strong, thin and flexible nitrile sheath inserted into the vagina (up to 2 hours) prior to sex. It has a flexible inner ring for easy insertion and is absolutely latex-free. It is pre-lubricated with a slick silicone-based lubricant, but additional lubricant can be used as well.
NOTE: THESE ARE NOW SOLD IN 3-PACKS
PERFORMANCE TIP: On a sensual note, nitrile is a heat sensitive material (it warms up and adheres to the vaginal walls during sex) leading to a more natural, pleasurable feeling for both partners.
PRODUCT BENEFITS: the FC2 is the only NON-LATEX option that is available for couples, regardless of penis size. In fact, as there is no other LATEX FREE option for couples requiring SMALLER or much larger condoms, kudos to FC2 for providing a much needed solution. The FC2 is also a fantastic option for men who have difficulty maintaining an erection when using condoms. All in all it is a great condom to have in any woman's sexy arsenal.
The condom is not long enough for some men/women. If the erect penis is longer than the condom, the condom can all too easily be pushed entirely inside the vagina.
The outer ring is not wide enough and strong enough, and can easily be forced inside the vagina during vigorous sex.
Both of the above things have happened to us.
There needs to be a longer size available, plus a better, and perhaps also larger, outer ring to make sure that doesn't happen.
We've tried Magnums. We've tried Magnum XL. Each of these have been too tight at the base of his penis. Uncomfortably so, and would make it difficult for him to maintain an erection.
On a whim, I decided to try Female Condoms. It had been well over a decade since I had tried them, and my memories of them had been like trying to put a small baggie into my vagina. They didn't feel good enough for either of us to go to the trouble.
Fast forward to 2015 and there seem to have been improvements to the design. Easy to insert (especially if you are familiar with using a menstrual cup or a diaphragm), and they seem to warm up and conform to the vaginal canal. I like to add a little water-based lube to my partner's penis before he glides in. The difference between a too-tight condom and this is intense pleasure.
I just love these condoms. They have vastly improved my sex life.
Cons? Well, the part that hangs out side of the vagina is a little silly looking, but lets face it, we see plenty of silly things while having sex, don't we?
Worth every penny, and as a previous reviewer mentioned, Lucky Bloke is a better value than Amazon.
It is pretty easy to insert. It is about as easy as inserting a tampon (and 10x easier to insert than a menstrual cup). The instructions on the package might not be too clear if you don't know anything about the female condom. You can look up some how-to videos on YouTube, but I'm gonna tell you what the how-to's don't: The ring is flexible but springy, and the toughest part is keeping it folded while putting it in. Also, keep in mind that the condom is lubricated, so your hands will get a little icky. Once you get the ring in (holding the outside of the condom), you want to push it in as far as is comfortable (with your fingers on the inside of the condom). It does look weird, because it sticks out of your body, and you walk funny because there is something dangling between your legs. It does not hurt; if it is in properly, you shouldn't feel it much at all. It also doesn't hurt to take it out, which was something that I was worried about. The ring conforms to your body and it glides right out. Once it is at your vaginal opening, it springs open into a circle again. It might feel weird, but it is so flexible that it doesn't hurt.
I recommend getting one for practice before you use one with your partner. If you're into saving money, Lucky Bloke has the best per-unit price on the female condom (yes, even better than Amazon). I love the female condom, and I highly recommend that you give it a try.
I also like that the outer ring gives a little more protection from skin to skin contact.
It also gives nice sensation for him, more sensation compared to standard condoms.
The bad part is if he's larger than about 6 inches these female condoms aren't long enough. He'll need to be very careful or else the condom will be pushed inside the woman out of position and no longer be effective. I don't understand why they don't create these with plenty of extra length.
Is there an extra long option? Will there be in the future?
I didnt felt the inner ring, so it wasnt painful or disturbing. It's very thin and gives your partner extra room because he is not bagging his material. It's easy to insert, not a problem as it might look at the first sight. Looks funny because it covers part of your body outside, but this is not an interference. If your partner doesnt like condoms or if you would like to give him a rest this might be a good thing to try. Last point: latex free, no smell no allergies. Fits all sizes of guys. "Success!"
Maybe it's just because we didn't actually use it, but neither my boyfriend nor myself would recommend this condom.