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.

Don't use a female condom at the same time as a male condom or for anal sex. Never reuse a female condom.

Jan. 21, 2012