A Great Option for Both Partners
The FC2 "Female" (we prefer: Internal) Condom offers many advantages for couples who want to ensure protection from pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted infection. The internal condom is a strong, thin and flexible nitrile sheath inserted into the vagina (up to 4 hours) prior to sex. It has a flexible inner ring for easy insertion and is absolutely latex-free. It is pre-lubricated with a slick silicone-based lubricant, but additional lubricant can be used as well.
NOTE: THESE ARE NOW SOLD IN 3-PACKS (Apologies for the price increase, we have limited inventory and once these are sold we will no longer offer FC2 condoms. And no, we're not really okay with that. And yes, we're exploring our options. We'll keep you posted!)
PERFORMANCE TIP: On a sensual note, nitrile is a heat sensitive material (it warms up and adheres to the vaginal walls during sex) leading to a more natural, pleasurable feeling for both partners.
PRODUCT BENEFITS: the FC2 is the only NON-LATEX option that is available for couples, regardless of penis size. In fact, as there is no other LATEX FREE option for couples requiring SMALLER (or very large) condoms, kudos to FC2 for providing a much needed solution. The FC2 is also a fantastic option for men who have difficulty maintaining an erection when using condoms. All in all it is a great condom to have in any woman's sexy arsenal.
Based on the above, I normally would have given this product just a single star; however, I've decided to go with three stars in order to give it the benefit of the doubt to a certain extent. The reason for this is that, based on reviews I've seen from others who have tried the FC2, I do feel that a large part of our negative experience could possibly be attributed to operator error on our part, and I get the impression that with some practice this could be a halfway decent product...maybe.
That said, however, we have no real motivation to continue using it because there are so many other products that feel much better, cost less, and aren't nearly the hassle that this thing was. So, my wife and I probably won't use this product again. It was worth a shot, though.
Wow! If you've never tried the female condom before, you owe yourself to try it at least once. Both my wife and I were a bit skeptical at first, but as an uncircumcised male, the sensations that this condom gave me were the closest to not using a condom at all.
With that said, my reasons for not giving this condom a full 5 stars are as follows:
My wife mentioned that it reduced some of the sensation for her. Female condoms are harder to find and more expensive than male condoms. Finally, the condom is a bit trickier to use than a traditional male condom.
Fit and Feel
You do not have to worry about the condom fitting, as it goes inside the receptive partner as opposed to on the penetrating partner. This condom would be even better for someone who is having a hard time finding a condom that fits properly.
This condom felt fantastic on my end. It is definitely the condom I've used that has given me the closest sensation to not wearing one.
My wife did mention that it reduced some of the sensation for her.
Smell and Taste
There is no smell or taste to this condom.
As a guy, this condom allows him to feel the sensation of movement that we do not get with regular condoms. I enjoyed this, however it is worth noting that although I had added sensitivity in this area, you also lose a certain amount of feedback from your partner (the feel of wetness / changes throughout intercourse). Instead there is just a consistent feeling.
From a female perspective, my partner enjoyed it however did mentioned a slight decrease in sensitivity. Someone mentioned they did not like the feeling of the ring on their cervix, buy my partner actually liked this feeling.
Your experience might be different, but overall we enjoyed this condom. If you've never tired it before, it is definitely something unique and fun to try.
So I have an issue of needing to use quite a bit of lube when I use condoms, and my vagina still being uncomfortable during intercourse. This one has enough lube to comfortably get it in place and once you get going, it will sort of "stay in place."
Since it's made of nitrile it doesn't reek like latex does and that's a huge plus. My boyfriend seemed to really like it, but I think that had a lot to do with the fact that I had zero discomfort and was thoroughly enjoying myself (and therefore performing at my A-game). Of course we didn't have any fit issues since it was inside of me and not on him :)
There's a ton of Youtube videos on how to put these babies in, and my favorite is the Sexplanations video on Condoms which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TAU1Z_CEs4
So the downsides! These have a little bit of a learning curve. When I had a period (I have a Mirena, so I don't really have them anymore), I used a menstrual cup, so I am VERY familiar with putting things in my vagina that can be tricky. But once it's there, it's great.
They can also be tricky to get ahold of when wanting them quickly. The only place that I can find them consistently is Planned Parenthood and here at Lucky Bloke. And if you do find them for sale, they are way more expensive than external condoms. I personally like trying all of the fancy shmancy external condoms that there are, so I haven't bought very many.
I absolutely think that everyone should try these. I think it's the closest thing to no condom sex that I have tried, so you should absolutely try these. Have fun!!!
My partner is a larger guy, so we tried these because traditional condoms are too small for him. These only come in one size and I am a petite woman; not sure if that had anything to do with the fact it was very difficult to insert. Then it was difficult to get him in, despite several attempts and lube, because there was so much bunched up material. It literally seemed like f**king a plastic bag. Eventually we were able to get going, with lots of laughing, and then the condom got pushed up inside me (thus being totally ineffective).
I was confused by reviews saying they could put this in at the start of an evening, as if it wouldn't be noticeable. It is totally noticeable...you have a bunch of plastic coming out of your vagina.
Having said all this, I do have a girlfriend who had success with these, also with a well-endowed partner.
We tried the my.size condoms (I found on this site) in the biggest size they have, and are super pleased with them.
We've tried Magnums. We've tried Magnum XL. Each of these have been too tight at the base of his penis. Uncomfortably so, and would make it difficult for him to maintain an erection.
On a whim, I decided to try Female Condoms. It had been well over a decade since I had tried them, and my memories of them had been like trying to put a small baggie into my vagina. They didn't feel good enough for either of us to go to the trouble.
Fast forward to 2015 and there seem to have been improvements to the design. Easy to insert (especially if you are familiar with using a menstrual cup or a diaphragm), and they seem to warm up and conform to the vaginal canal. I like to add a little water-based lube to my partner's penis before he glides in. The difference between a too-tight condom and this is intense pleasure.
I just love these condoms. They have vastly improved my sex life.
Cons? Well, the part that hangs out side of the vagina is a little silly looking, but lets face it, we see plenty of silly things while having sex, don't we?
Worth every penny, and as a previous reviewer mentioned, Lucky Bloke is a better value than Amazon.
This one is great if you and/or your partner are not that experienced (or if you are rather experienced). It creates a channel that allows for easier P-in-V insertion. If your partner's erection subsides, the condom stays in place, so unlike a male condom, you don't have to deal with pulling back a baggy condom.
It is pretty easy to insert. It is about as easy as inserting a tampon (and 10x easier to insert than a menstrual cup). The instructions on the package might not be too clear if you don't know anything about the female condom. You can look up some how-to videos on YouTube, but I'm gonna tell you what the how-to's don't: The ring is flexible but springy, and the toughest part is keeping it folded while putting it in. Also, keep in mind that the condom is lubricated, so your hands will get a little icky. Once you get the ring in (holding the outside of the condom), you want to push it in as far as is comfortable (with your fingers on the inside of the condom). It does look weird, because it sticks out of your body, and you walk funny because there is something dangling between your legs. It does not hurt; if it is in properly, you shouldn't feel it much at all. It also doesn't hurt to take it out, which was something that I was worried about. The ring conforms to your body and it glides right out. Once it is at your vaginal opening, it springs open into a circle again. It might feel weird, but it is so flexible that it doesn't hurt.
I recommend getting one for practice before you use one with your partner. If you're into saving money, Lucky Bloke has the best per-unit price on the female condom (yes, even better than Amazon). I love the female condom, and I highly recommend that you give it a try.
I didnt felt the inner ring, so it wasnt painful or disturbing. It's very thin and gives your partner extra room because he is not bagging his material. It's easy to insert, not a problem as it might look at the first sight. Looks funny because it covers part of your body outside, but this is not an interference. If your partner doesnt like condoms or if you would like to give him a rest this might be a good thing to try. Last point: latex free, no smell no allergies. Fits all sizes of guys. "Success!"
Maybe it's just because we didn't actually use it, but neither my boyfriend nor myself would recommend this condom.