How you prepare

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Before using a female condom, read the instructions carefully. If the condom is past its expiration date or you notice any signs of damage — such as small tears or holes — discard the condom and choose another.

Practice inserting the female condom before the first time you use it for sex. In addition, pay close attention when you first use the female condom to make sure it stays in place during sex. Never reuse a female condom.

Don't use a female condom at the same time as a male condom. They can stick together, which might cause one or both condoms to break. The female condom isn't recommended for anal sex.

Jan. 08, 2015