The Bottom Line
- Natural "Bareback" Feel
- Gives the receptive partner more options for protection
- Easily inserted
- The inner ring must be removed for anal
- Messy insertion
- Can easily displodge during sex
- The Reality FC2 hands the power of protection over to the receptive partner.
- Non-latex material is safe, yet feels more natural than most male condoms.
- Cost are much higher than male condoms, but worth it for partners seeking more options.
- Removing the inner ring for anal is messy; however the excess lubricant can be used on the receptive partner.
Guide Review - FC2 Female Condom for Anal Use
The female condom works by collecting semen, just like a traditional condom; but instead of covering the penis, it's inserted into the vagina or anus. For more comfort during anal intercourse, the small inner ring is removed. This also reduces the risk of rectal trauma and bleeding. The outer ring rests outside the anus, providing an additional barrier against STDs transmitted through skin-to-skin contact.
The most common female condom brand, the Reality FC2 by The Female Health Company, comes in a small (and relatively flat) package not much larger than a business card, making travel and storage easy. The back of the packaging also includes instructions on how to properly insert the condom, a plus since most aren't as familiar with using a female condom as they are a male skin.
One downside to the package is the prominent "female" and instructions for vaginal insertion on the covers. At first glance, gay and bi men might not realize it can be used for anal as well. This isn't a oversight by Female Health Company, though. The female condom can't legally be marketed for anal since it hasn't been approved by the FDA for anal use. The same instructions given for vaginal use can be used for anal, however, just remember to remove the inner ring. This step is necessary to prevent rectal trauma, but it's a messy process.
Once the packaging is opened expect tons of lubricant, which is ideal for insertion. To lessen the mess, spread the excess lube on your hands to your partner's rectum or penis.
The FC2 has ample lubrication for easy insertion, but it's tricky getting it to stay put during sex (the purpose of the inner ring is to help keep it in place). Still, the roominess of the condom provides for a more natural "bareback" feel for both the insertive and receptive partner. If sex is too rough the condom can easily dislodge, so the insertive partner should be cautious about positioning, speed, and force.