FC2 Female Condom Review

The FC2 female condom may not be the most widely used or most well known condom on the market, but it does fill a growing niche marketplace for women who want to take charge of their own safety and health, without relying on a man to wear protection.


The FC2 effectively prevents against STDs and pregnancy, just like a male condom. Unlike a male condom, however, the FC2 can be inserted up to 8 hours ahead of time. Maybe it’s just because I used to be a Girl Scout, but I like to arrive equipped for any situation. Insertion up to 8 hours before intercourse? Now that’s what I call being prepared!

FC2 Female Condom Review

The best part about being able to wear it ahead of time is that it may take a short period of adjustment while getting used to the insertion process. This means you can have a furrowed brow of confusion on your own time, without an erect audience impatiently waiting for you to complete your somewhat awkward and time consuming task. Expect to have to read directions the first time around. I’ve found it to be very helpful to have a hand-mirror nearby as well.

“This is the first time I have ever felt empowered by a condom! Took a little time to figure out how to use it the first time, but it goes in much faster now that I know what I am doing.” Brittany – Mobile, Alabama

As far as safety is concerned, the FC2 really contours into and grips onto the vagina and will not fall, shift or pop out, even when using multiple positions or while having rough sex. The good news is, once it’s in, it’s in.

On the other hand, we’ve all been in the situation when a male condom does the dreaded “roll up” towards the tip of the penis. This leaves a large portion of genital skin exposed and can potentially put you both at risk for contracting an STD or STI. While technically the FC2 goes inside of the vagina, it does offer extra material to cover the labia. Think of it like a thin banana peel (if you need a visual reference), where the unpeeled portion goes on the inside and the peeled back portion covers your outer bits.

“I love how it covers more skin than a condom, cause I feel like it offers way more protection against herpes and genital warts, which can be located right around the base of the penis. ” Jessica – Asheville, North Carolina

The FC2 is also a great product for women with latex allergies, since it is completely latex free. This also means they don’t have the funky and somewhat medicinal odor of latex either.

As with any product, there are a few downsides to the FC2:

  • Firstly, it is more costly than a male condom
  • Secondly, the actual packaging of the FC2 is significantly larger than a male condom. But, since most women carry purses, transporting them shouldn’t pose as too much of a problem.
  • Thirdly, it may feel more “plasticy” and loose fitting than a male condom, especially if you are used to using ultra thin latex or high sensitivity condoms.
  • Fourthly, even if you do not ordinarily use lube, you may want to apply some inside yourself before insertion and on the inside of the condom post-insertion as well for comfort and friction relief during sex.
  • Overall, this is a great and innovative condom and I highly and wholeheartedly recommend it any woman who wants to take control of their sex safe pursuits.