For those who want to avoid explanations with a man who is definitely not willing to put on a condom, persuasions that may turn out to be ineffective, a female condom is offered as an alternative.
The first 7-inch condom, lubricated, is a kind of polyurethane bag that is inserted like a tampon.
It looks like a contraceptive cap equipped with a rubber extension that protrudes from the vagina to the outside; it is held in place by elastic rims provided at both ends. A larger inner rim encircles the closed end, overlapping the cervix, and is held in place by the pelvic bone. The outer rim covers the open end of the condom and, after insertion, is outside the vagina. Such a condom can be introduced at any time before sexual intercourse; there is no need to wait for an erection, as in the case of using a male condom. Lubrication does not reduce its effectiveness.
Although women who tested the new product generally found that it did not cause discomfort, many were confused by the fact that the outer rim was visible.
Preliminary tests performed by manufacturers have shown that this device also effectively protects against sexually transmitted diseases, like a male condom, and almost equally effectively protects against pregnancy. However, only further tests will show how well it protects against infection. Female condoms are already on sale in many countries, but by the time this book was published, their sale in the United States was only expanding.