Assure every client that she is welcome to come back any time—for example, if she has problems, questions, or wants another method; she has any major change in health status; or she thinks she might be pregnant. Also if:

  • She has difficulty using female condoms correctly or every time she has sex.
  • She recently had unprotected sex and wants to avoid pregnancy. She may be able to use ECPs (see Emergency Contraceptive Pills).
How Can a Partner Help?

The client’s partner is welcome to participate in counseling and learn about the method and what support he can give to his partner. A male partner can:

  • Support a woman’s choice of the female condom
  • Discuss and agree to use the female condom with a full understanding of how to use it
  • Ensure that they use it every time, and correctly (for example, making sure that he inserts penis inside the condom and not between the condom and vaginal wall)
  • Help to keep a supply on hand
  • Help to make sure she has ECPs on hand in case the condom is not used or used correctly