ASHA recognizes each February as National Condom Month. Follow us all month long at #CondomMonth and take advantage of everything we offer:
- Ode to the Condom blog
- Female Condoms: A Woman-Centered Option
- How to Use a Condom
- Talking to a Partner about Condoms and Safer Sex
- Get the Right Size Condom!
- Condomology: a collection of fact-based information (including fact sheets and videos) in simple, easy-to-understand language
- Sexual Health TV: Sexual Health TV (SHTV) is your one stop for a wide range of sexual health programming. Tune in to watch all the channels including one dedicated to condoms and risk reduction.
While male condoms tend to get the lion’s share of attention, the female condom is another great alternative to prevent both sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy. The female condom offers the additional advantage as a form of contraception and STI prevention that a woman can independently control. Its outer ring also offers better protection from STIs that can be spread from skin-to-skin contact. Another bonus—it stays in place whether or not a male partner maintains an erection.
Learning how to use a female condom might take a little practice, but it’s easy when you learn what to do. The video below offers a step-by-stap guide on using female condoms.
In honor of National Condom Month, we’re asking people about their experiences with female condoms. Just as with male condoms, and other types of contraceptives, female condoms appeal to people for a variety of reasons. Here’s some of what we heard from you:
I love using female condoms. They’re nice because you can use them a little before a date so you don’t have to worry about not having one when the time for sex comes! Also, I feel so much more with a female condom, compared to a traditional condom. Definitely recommend! <3
I’ve only used female condoms with one partner, but they worked great. They allowed us to experiment with switching back and forth between penetrative sex and other fun stuff that didn’t involve genitals. He didn’t have to worry about removing and putting on another condom if he didn’t stay completely erect during sexy time, too. Basically, it allowed us to mimic the behavior of non-barrier protected sex more easily than if we had used a traditional condom.
I sometimes use female condoms for getting myself off alone. They allow me to put a variety of objects inside myself. The continuity of the material from inside to out, along with the outer ring, transfers the pressure of things to a broader area and creates some absolutely exquisite sensations.
Spread the Word
Below are sample Tweets and Facebook posts you can share throughout the month.
- Wrap it up! February is National Condom Month. Learn more @ http://ow.ly/XOQj8 #CondomMonth
- Free fact sheet download – Male Condoms & Female Condoms. http://ow.ly/XOR8H #CondomMonth
- How to Use a Condom animation. http://ow.ly/XORou #CondomMonth
- ASHA’s Condomology busts myths & gets out the facts about condoms. Plain language to empower YOU. http://ow.ly/XOQId #CondomMonth
- February is National Condom Month (#CondomMonth). Visit ASHA to learn more. It’s YOUR health – take charge and be safe!
- During National Condom Month in January ASHA is offering a free download of the fact sheet Male Condoms & Female Condoms. Get yours at ASHA. #CondomMonth
- During National Condom Month in February you can download fact sheets and more from ASHA. Get involved, make a difference! #CondomMonth
- Condomology is an ASHA program to ensure that the facts about condoms are available and understood by all so consumers can make informed choices about their sexual health. FAQs, posters, videos, and more. Get the facts and take control of your sexual health. #CondomMonth