Gay Health – Using Female Condom for Anal Sex

Question: Can Internal, or Female, Condoms Be Used for Anal Sex?

“Female” or “internal” condoms are non-latex polyurethane pouches that are designed to be worn in the vagina during vaginal intercourse. However, this type of condom can also be worn in the anus for protection during anal sex.


Although some experts caution that this type of condom may provide less protection for anal sex than a traditional male condom would, they are a really good option for guys whose partners refuse to use male condoms, or for guys who lose their erections when they try to put one on.

What’s the Deal With Internal “Female” Condoms?

Because they aren’t made of latex, internal female condoms are non-allergenic. They are also generally thinner than latex and they are a better heat conductor. The downside is that because they are made of polyurethane, they might be slightly more likely to break. As a result, it is crucial to use a lot of lubricant with them (which is actually something you should already be doing whenever you have anal sex).

If your pharmacy doesn’t carry female condoms, they are easy to order online.

What’s So Good About an Internal Female Condom?

Besides being non-allergenic, the female condom has a number of other advantages:

  • Guys who find traditional condoms uncomfortable or lose their erection when they put one on may appreciate that the female condom doesn’t constrict the penis.
  • Guys whose partners won’t use traditional male condoms may be able to use this type of condom instead.
  • It can be inserted ahead of time, and left in place.
  • It is possible to continue to have sex even if a guy loses his erection because it doesn’t need an erection to stay in place.
  • A couple can start having sex before a guy is completely erect.
  • Unlike latex condoms, these can be used with water or oil-based lubrication because they are made of polyurethane.

So How exactly Do You Use the Female Condom for Anal Sex?

The Washington D.C. Department of Health offers this guide to using the female condom for anal sex.

Female condom on penis. Put the female condom over the erect penis, use only water-based lubricant and enter slowly.

Female condom in the anus. Insert the female condom into the rectum; then enter with the erect lubricated penis. To do this:

  • Find a comfortable position.
  • Hold the small ring (at the closed end of the condom) between the thumb and middle finger. (Some users prefer to take out the small ring before insertion to make the condom more comfortable.)
  • Put it into the anus and push it far inside.
  • Put a finger inside the condom to push the small ring inside as far as possible (omit this step if you have already removed it).
  • Make sure the part of the condom with the outer ring is outside the body. The outer ring will lie flat against the body when the penis is inside the condom.
  • If you are entering the anus with the female condom already in the anus, it’s important to make sure the penis is directed inside the female condom and not beside it.

Immediately after intercourse, take out the condom by gently twisting the outer ring and pulling the condom out, making sure that no semen is spilled.

Are Female Condoms for You?

Female internal condoms aren’t for everyone. They can be harder to use than a male condom, they can be more expensive and harder to find, and they are best used by people who are comfortable inserting something into their body. However, they are also a good tool to know about in the quest for safer sex, and for a lot of people they offer a really important solution to common condom issues.


A lot of men don’t know this fact, but the female condom can be used for anal sex.  Maybe a little trickier to use than the conventional condom and it does take getting used to, but a lot of men do like to use it.

One of the benefits of female-condom use—besides its protection against STDs, including HIV, during anal and vaginal sex—is that it empowers receptive sexual partners to protect themselves whether or not their partner wants to use a traditional condom.
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 inner ring does not “have” to be removed but removal can make insertion easier . The outer ring rests outside the anus, providing an additional barrier against STDs transmitted through skin-to-skin contact.
Here are some of the reasons why you can try female condoms as alternative to male condoms:
  • Natural “bareback” feel
  • Gives the receptive partner more options for protection
  • Easily inserted
  • Insertion is not “messy” if it is inserted correctly by placing the condom over the penis like a sock.
  • The female condom does not dislodge easily during sex
Follow our step by step instructions on how to use the female condom:
• The easiest way to use the female condom for anal sex is to wear it like a ‘male’ condom. Put lubricant in the female condom and then place it over the penis (or a dildo). Use plenty of lubricant on the outside of the female condom or around the anus before anal sex. For this method the inner ring is removed.
• Alternatively, you could try to insert the female condom in the rectum first, as for vaginal fucking. Use plenty of lubricant around the anus, and loosen it with a finger in readiness for the female condom. Make sure your fingernails are cut short.
• After removing the female condom from its wrapper, hold the inner ring between your thumb, index and forefinger, and squeeze it so that it forms an oval. Don’t remove the inner ring, as this will lead the female condom to become tangled, and could lead to breakage.
• Push the female condom up into the rectum as far as you can, using the inner ring as a guide, whilst spreading your arsehole with your other hand. You may find this easier if you raise one leg onto the side of the bath, or a stool.
• Then put your index finger inside the female condom, until you feel the bottom of the inner ring. Push up as far as you can, but do not insert the outer ring.
• You will find that the outer ring, and perhaps a small part of the female condom, is on the outside of your arsehole. That’s meant to happen, and should stop the female condom from slipping inside.
• Use more lubricant inside the female condom, to keep it moist, and add it whenever you need it during sex.
• Check every now and again during sex that the outer ring of the female condom hasn’t slipped inside your arsehole, or that the penis hasn’t slipped between the female condom and the arsehole. If it has, stop, remove the female condom, and use a new one before starting again.
• Don’t re-use the female condom. The female condom is designed for vaginal sex and for single use. Some gay men are reported to have used a female condom when being fucked by multiple partners. If you use it more than once for anal sex, we don’t know the strains that it could put on the sides of the sheath, which might easily tear. And if you get a lot of semen in the female condom, we don’t know how effective it is in holding it in, or whether any seepage into your rectum could take place. It is likely that fucking in somebody else’s cum would be risky for the active partner.
• Removing the female condom. Because the female condom lines the inside of the rectum, your partner doesn’t have to withdraw immediately after coming. You can remove the sheath when it suits you, making sure that no semen is spilt. Twist the outer ring to keep the semen inside, and then pull gently.  Throw away the used female condom.

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