FDA Approves a New Female Condom – and These Videos Are Wow

The other day I got an email alerting me to the fact that the FDA had approved a new version of the Female Condom which is distributed far more often in other countries than in the US and is hence more popular in other parts of the world. The new female condom is made of a synthetic rubber rather than polyurethane and is expected to be more affordable than the previous incarnation of the female condom. But will that result in any increased use of it? Or is the gendered expectation that men are the ones who wear condoms?

Today, thanks to Twitter, I learned that Audacia Ray of the International Women’s Health Coalition posted a video to educate people about the female condom and the varied reasons why it hasn’t quite taken off in many Western countries. Check it out here:

I also found another video that takes a more humorous look at what sex might look like if women were expected to use female condoms during sex:

In case you’re curious, female condoms are sometimes viewed as potentially offering greater protection against skin-to-skin transmitted infections (such as HPV) since female condoms cover more genital skin than do male condoms, if used correctly. Some people feel that female condoms can be a bit big and bulky to use whereas others have found that – with a little education – they can be easy to use. Watch a video about how to use a female condom here.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.