Finger condoms offer a safe and sanitary way to engage in the form of sexual penetration known as fingering. Fingering can also be referred to as digital sex or heavy petting. Finger condoms are often called finger cots.
The chance of contracting an STI from fingering is low, but it’s possible. For this reason, the use of a protective barrier like a finger condom is a safe choice.
Fingering is a relatively low-risk form of sexual intercourse. Fingering cannot result in a pregnancy as long as sperm is not introduced into a vagina via the fingers.
You can find finger condoms online and in the first aid section of some drug stores, but they are not as widely available or commonly used for fingering as gloves.
Finger condom instructions
Using a finger condom is straightforward. It’s placed on the finger prior to penetration like a regular condom.
The first step is to place the condom on the fingertip. Roll the finger condom all the way down toward the base of the finger. Make sure to smooth out any air that may have become trapped between the condom and the finger.
After use, remove and dispose of the condom in the trash. A finger condom cannot be flushed down the toilet. After disposal, wash hands with warm soap and water. Hands should be washed both before and after fingering, regardless of condom or glove use.
Condom lubrication is recommended because penetration without proper lubrication can cause friction. Friction can result in the condom breaking. Friction can also lead to tears and fissures inside the vagina or anus that may result in bleeding after being fingered.
If the condom in use is made of latex, it’s best to use water-based or silicone-based lube. Oil-based lubrication can break down latex and should be avoided.
Equally important: If a condom has been used inside the anus, do not use this same condom inside the vagina. This is true for all forms of condoms, including tongue condoms, male condoms, and female condoms.
Condoms are disposable devices intended for single use. Never reuse a condom.
It’s also a good idea to avoid the use of expired condoms and to store them properly. Store condoms away from heat, humidity and sharp objects. Discard the condom if it’s discolored, has holes or tears, has a foul odor, or if it’s stiff or sticky.