Women overlook the female condom

NGOs say cost and lack of promotion are obstacles


It’s been 15 years since the first female condom was approved in the U.S. as an option in helping reduce the risk of HIV and unwanted pregnancies—but aid agencies say many women don’t use it because it’s not readily available in stores and is more expensive than traditional condoms. At the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City last week, members of Oxfam called the situation a “scandal born of ignorance and inertia,” and several organizations urged governments to make the device more accessible and to lower the cost. Five female condoms can cost an average of about $18, compared to about $7 for a box of 12 men’s condoms.


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Women overlook the female condom

  1. Do you think it might have something to do with the fact that using a female condom feels like having sex with a plastic bag inside you?

    I was all for female condoms until I actually tried them.

    • It pretty much feels the same way for regular condoms too. That’s probably the reason people don’t use them reliably.

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