|How to wear
||Rolled on the man's penis. Fits the penis tightly.
||Inserted into the woman's vagina. Loosely lines the vagina and does not constrict the penis.
|When to put on
||Put on erect penis right before sex.
||Can be inserted up to 8 hours before sex.
||Most made of latex; some of synthetic materials or animal membranes.
||Most made of a thin, synthetic film; a few are latex.
|How it feels during sex
||Change feeling of sex.
||Fewer complaints of changed feeling of sex than with male condoms.
|Noise during sex
||May make a rubbing noise during sex.
||May rustle or squeak during sex.
|Lubricants to use
||Users can add lubricants:
- Water-based or silicone-based only.
- Applied to outside of condom.
|Users can add lubricants:
- Water-based, silicone-based, or oil-based.
- Before insertion, applied to outside of condom.
- After insertion, applied to inside of condom or to the penis.
|Breakage or slippage
||Tend to break more often than female condoms.
||Tend to slip more often than male condoms.
|When to remove
||Require withdrawing from the vagina before the erection subsides.
||Can remain in vagina after erection subsides. Requires removal before woman stands.
|What it protects
||Cover and protect most of the penis, protect the woman's internal genitalia.
||Cover both the woman's internal and external genitalia and the base of the penis.
|How to store
||Store away from heat, light, and dampness.
||Plastic condoms are not harmed by heat, light or dampness.
||Cannot be reused.
||Reuse not recommended (see Female Condoms, Question 5).
|Cost and availability
||Generally low cost and widely available.
||Usually more expensive and less widely available than male condoms.