This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Veru Healthcare. All opinions are 100% mine.
I have a confession. I don't use birth control. You should see the doctor's face every time I tell them that.
No, we don't want another baby. And no, I'm not in menopause. I simply cannot tolerate hormonal birth control.
I am extremely sensitive to hormonal shifts, and though I tried hormonal birth control many times over the years, it's not a good choice for me. Or for anyone that plans to be around me for that matter.
My husband and I have talked through surgical birth control options, but we haven't taken that step yet. I have some underlying issues with adenomyosis, so I'm waiting to get an opinion on whether I need a hysterectomy before my hubby commits to getting “snipped.” No need for both of us to go under the knife.
I know that I'm not the only woman who chooses to avoid hormonal birth control. So I wanted to share a recent discovery with you – the FC2 Female Condom. It's the only FDA approved female condom on the market.
Honestly, at first, I was a little put off at the idea. Especially since they can only be acquired through a prescription. Male condoms can be bought over the counter. Why do women need a prescription? While I was annoyed at that first, I got over it and I'll share a bit more about why in a minute.
First, I want to tell you a little bit more about the FC2 Female Condom. FC2 is the only female controlled dual contraceptive available to women. FC2 empowers women to take control of their sexual health by providing protection from STDs and unwanted pregnancy.
In addition to being hormone free, it's also latex free. I'm a little sensitive to latex, so I liked that fact. It's made of nitrile, which is three times stronger than latex.
It's well lubricated, so it can be inserted easily (up to 2 hours before use). It warms to your body's temperature as it lines the vagina. Most men say they prefer the feel to a male condom.
Female condoms are more predominantly used in other parts of the world than they are here at home in the US. South Africa actually runs the largest female condom program in the world.
In 2016, South African HCP distributed 27 million female condoms and conducted a survey after 12 months of use. The survey resulted in the following feedback:
- 80% of women felt that the female condom put them in control
- 74% of men felt that the female condom was either better or much better than the male condom
- Protected sex acts went up to 92%
The first time I tried it, it did feel super awkward. I'm not quite sure I have the skill of inserting it properly honed yet. I have heard that it gets much easier after a few uses. After that initial experience, I can understand why it would be beneficial to talk to a doctor about proper use.
If you want to try out the FC2 Female Condom, it's super easy to get your prescription through the Hey Doctor App. It's super fast and easy to do online. If you use code FC2, it's free with a $0 copay when you get a prescription from your Health Care Provider (HCP).
If you're currently without insurance, you can also Buy FC2 Online.
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