5 Things You Really Should Know About Internal Condoms
They look kinda funny at first... but dual protection from STIs and pregnancy is worth a second glance.
You may or may not realize that the internal condom has been revamped in recent years to be more affordable and less, erm, squeaky. The revamped version has less squeaking and a lower price—and the perks of this underrated method don’t stop there. Keep reading to learn more about this new and improved method, and visit your nearest The Right Time health center to see if they're right for you. They stock all methods of contraception and offer free or low-cost contraception to those who need it.
1) Internal condoms are fun for foreplay.
Putting in an internal condom can be a sensual way to set the mood. Rubbing the inner ring around your vulva and clitoris during the insertion process can add some extra arousal—which can be a big turn-on for your partner too. And because internal condoms are made of non-latex nitrile (synthetic rubber), they warm up with your body temperature. (Plus, they’re safe to use for people with latex allergies!)
2) Internal condoms increase pleasure for both partners during sex.
During vaginal sex, the internal condom’s outer ring rubs against the clitoris while the inner ring stimulates the head of the penis. The internal condom is extremely wide and pre-lubricated, which some guys say feels better. If you’re looking for a wet and wild time, you’ll be happy to know that the internal condom is safe to use with both water- and silicone-based lubes.
3) Internal condoms provide dual protection from STIs and pregnancy.
Internal condoms prevent both pregnancy and STIs and allow women to be in the driver’s seat when it comes to their sexual health. Some women report boosted self-esteem when they use internal condoms, which can increase comfort and enhance sex. You can insert the internal condom up to eight hours before getting it on, so there’s no need to ask a partner to put on a condom in the heat of the moment. Being proactive about your own condom use ensures that there’s protection—no matter where your sexual adventures take you.
4) Internal condoms aren’t just for vaginal sex.
In addition to vaginal sex, you can use the internal condom during anal sex as a great option for STI prevention. Some people recommend removing the inner ring before insertion. Don’t forget that both water- and silicone-based lubes are safe to use with it!
5) Insertion doesn’t have to be awkward.
Standing up, lying down, squatting, sitting… no, we’re not talking about sex positions. These are just some of the ways that you can insert the internal condom. (Note: It might take a couple tries to get the hang of it!) You can put it in by yourself or with a partner as part of foreplay, or insert it before things heat up so you don’t have to interrupt the moment.
Ready to take the plunge? Some drugstores carry internal condoms (shout out to Walgreens!), but they’re not nearly as easy to find as male condoms. Ordering online can be a great option, or you may be able to find a health center nearby that has them.
Updated June 2019
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