Ensure client understands correct use
  • Ask the client to explain the 5 basic steps of using the female condom while handling one.
  • If a model is available, the client can practice inserting the condom in the model and then taking it out.
Ask the client how many condoms she thinks she will need until she can return
  • Give plenty of condoms and, if available, lubricant.
  • Tell the client where she can buy female condoms, if needed.
Explain why using a condom with every act of sex is important
  • Just one unprotected act of sex can lead to pregnancy or STI—or both.
  • If a condom is not used for one act of sex, try to use one the next time. A mistake once or twice does not mean that it is pointless to use condoms in the future.
Explain about emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs)
  • Explain ECP use in case of errors in condom use—including not using a condom—to help prevent pregnancy (see Emergency Contraceptive Pills). Give ECPs, if available.
Discuss ways to talk about using condoms