Finger Condom: All You Need to Know

The use of finger condoms also called finger cots, are safe and hygienic. The risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) using bare finger is quite low, but still possible, that’s why it is best to use finger condoms.

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Fingering, also called digital sex, cannot lead to pregnancy because sperm cannot get into the vagina through the fingers.

Benefits of Finger condom

It is hygienic

You don’t have to worry about any bodily fluid remaining under a fingernail when using finger condom. All you have to do is to remove and dispose, making it easy to cleanup after use.

Protective barrier

Finger condom create a protective barrier that may prevent scratches from a fingernail inside a partner’s anus or vagina. Scratches can increase the risk of transmitting STIs like HIV during intercourse. Unprotected fingernails can also carry bacteria or STIs like human papillomavirus (HPV) and chlamydia.

Easy to use and cheap

Using finger condom is a cheap way to avoid contact with bodily fluids of other people. Condoms of all varieties are easy to use and are inexpensive options for safe sex.

How to Use Finger Condom

Finger condom is quite easy to use, just like a regular condom. Follow the steps below:

  • Wash your hands properly with soap and warm water
  • Place the condom on the fingertip.
  • Roll the finger condom all the way down toward the base of the finger, ensuring that there are no trapped air between the condom and the finger.
  • Remove and dispose of the condom in the trash after use. A finger condom cannot be flushed down the toilet, so wrap it up properly before thrashing it in a bin.
  • Wash hands with soap and warm water after use.

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It is recommended to lubricate condom before penetration to avoid friction, which can lead to tears and bleeding in the vagina or anus.

If the condom in use is made of latex, it’s best to use water-based or silicone-based lube. Avoid using oil-based lube because it can break down latex.

Side effects and precautions

Though finger condoms comes with a lot of benefits, latex or nitrile gloves may be better off. Reasons why latex may be a better solution to safe fingering includes:

  • Gloves cannot slip off during penetration.
  • A finger condom may come off during penetration, and it would be hard to retrieve.
  • Using gloves allow the user to choose any finger or fingers for penetration.

Latex gloves are a common choice for use with fingering, but be aware that some people have latex allergies. It’s a good idea to check with your partner about allergies before the use of latex gloves or latex condoms.

Additional Tips

  • Avoid using same condom that has been used in the anus to finger the vagina.
  • Avoid reusing a condom, it is to be disposed after one use.
  • Ensure the condom you are about to use hasn’t expired
  • Condoms should be stored away from sharp objects or heat
  • Don’t use condom if it’s discolored or has a foul odor.


Disclaimer: The content provided on is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical doctor or healthcare professional.

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