As a sex blogger I’m ashamed to say it, but when I heard people talking about the FC2 (aka the “female condom”) a few weeks ago, my first thought was, “Are those even still a thing? I haven’t seen them anywhere.” I started to look into them and what other people were saying. Some people loved them, and some seemed to have a head-scratching, rage-filled vendetta against them. Certainly this required some hands on research, and FC2 were kind enough to send me some samples to try.
A little bit about it: The FC2 is made of a non-latex synthetic rubber and made to be worn inside the vagina. There is an inner flexible ring in the closed end that floats freely (see photo below), and a stiff yet flexible attached ring on the open end. Since it’s non-latex, water, oil, and silicone based lubricants can be used, both inside and on the outside of the condom.
Experience: The first time we used the FC2, we weren’t sure what we thought of it. It was difficult to get in, and there was a lot of friction on Husband. We stopped so he could relube with some Sliquid water based lubricant, but the lubricant dissipated before long. By the end of the first time we used it, we had come to the conclusion that there is some merit here, but it was going to take practice.
The good news is by the time we were going our second round with the FC2, we had found our rhythm. We had just needed the practice. Insertion and placement were much easier when I used some lubricant on the outside, and instead of using water based lubricant on the inside, we used silicone lubricant, which doesn’t need to be reapplied nearly as often. With practice and the right lubricant combination, we were ready to really test.
What we loved: After a little practice, the FC2 really is very easy to use. Do you remember the first time you ever used the standard male condom? It’s kind of odd, you probably fumbled with it a little bit, but after a few times it was fine. It’s exactly like that.
There is no question that the little bit of silicone lubricant that comes on the FC2 is simply not enough lubrication. It does very little to cut down on friction. After adding more silicone lubrication, Husband easily slid along inside the FC2 with no issues. And this is important. Because there was sliding against his skin (as opposed to there being sliding on the outside of a male condom), it was much more pleasurable for him, and he reports that as a result it feels closer to there being no barrier at all than the sensations with a standard male condom.
Oh, and did I mention there is this huge plus? The FC2 can be inserted before foreplay starts. Before there’s even an erection. Before you get to the bedroom.
What we didn’t: For me, the feeling is slightly different than a male condom. There is slightly, and I do mean slightly less sensation than I’ve felt with the standard male condoms, but it’s such a small difference that it’s almost negligible.
Final thought: The FC2 sells for $5-7 for a package of three, which admittedly is pricier than standard male condoms. However, the trade off is a condom that can be put in ahead of intercourse, doesn’t rely on erection, and, in the case of dear Husband, provides a little more sensation than male condoms. In my opinion, totally worth it.
~I received this item for free in exchange for an honest review.~