Health Department

Joel Strasz - Public Health Director
Kathy Janer - Public Health Nursing Manager
Melissa Maillette - Emergency Preparedness & Health Education Manager
Amy Revette - WIC Manager
Mark Pickell - Business Services Manager
Joel Kwiatkowski - Environmental Health Manager
Dr. Kirk Herrick - Medical Director
Dr. Howard Hurt - Medical Examiner
Bay County Health Department
1200 Washington Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708
Voice: (989) 895-4009
Fax: (989) 895-4014
TDD/TTL: (989) 895-4049
Health Information Line: (989) 895-4192

Female Condoms

The Reality Female Condom consists of a lubricated plastic covering shaped similarly to the male condom. The closed end, which has a flexible ring, is inserted into the vagina, while the open end remains on the outside.

Female condoms prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and pregnancy when they are used correctly and consistently. Female condoms are at least 80% effective in preventing pregnancy. Adding a spermicide will increase the effectiveness. Because female condoms are different from male condoms, they should never be used together. It is important to read and follow the package directions carefully.

REMEMBER:

  • Use a new female condom each and every time you have sex.
  • Do not use both male and female condoms at the same time.
  • If the female condom tears, discard it and use a new one.
  • Use adequate lubrication – add more if needed.
  • A female condom is more likely to prevent pregnancy when a spermicide is used.

ADVANTAGES:

  • Gives women an option for preventing pregnancy and STDs.
  • The female condom is an option for a woman whose partner refuses to use a male condom.
  • The female condom can be put in 8 hours before sexual intercourse. Remember to add a spermicide before sex.
  • Any lubricant can be used, including oil based lubricants.  (i.e. vaseline or baby oil)
  • Breakage is rare.
  • The female condom is latex free.

DISADVANTAGES:

  • Some women find it takes time and practice to learn how to use a female condom properly.
  • Cost is higher than the male condom.