Using contraceptive film involves a few simple steps:
- Take the square film out of the pouch, and make yourself comfortable. This might include lying down, squatting, or putting one foot up on a chair so you have easier access to your vagina.
- Fold the contraceptive film around your finger, and push that finger up into your vagina as far as it goes.
- Gently push the film so it’s on top of your cervix. To know for sure it’s in the right place, you might want to feel for your cervix before you insert the film. It should feel like the tip of a nose.
- Wait 15 minutes for the film to dissolve into spermicide, and then you’ll be ready to have sex for the next three hours.
Keep in mind that contraceptive film is only good for three hours at a time. If you plan to have sex for a longer period, you’ll need to insert a new piece of film.
After you insert the film, it will dissolve naturally from the heat of your vagina. Rather than becoming a gooey liquid that gets everywhere, it melts into a gel that stays in place within the vagina. This means it won’t wash away or leak out, and after three hours, it will get excreted in your natural fluids.