FEMALE CONDOMS : AMUSING INNOVATION

Science has been constantly fun, the same in the field of pleasure. Female condoms are one of them.

HIGHLIGHTS

• What is a female condom?
• How to use a female condom?
• Safety measures
• Different versions and material of female condoms
• Female condoms production units
• Different types of female condoms
• Cost and usage

What is a female condom?

A female condom (also known as femidom)  is a thin, soft, loose-fitting sheath with a flexible ring/frame or ring/foam disc at the closed end. It is a barrier device used during sexual intercourse to reduce the probability of pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease (STD). The female condom was developed in the late 20th century by MD Lasse Hessel and was first used in the 1980s.

 

How to use a female condom?

The inner ring or foam disc at the closed end of the sheath is used to insert the condom inside the vagina and to hold it in place during intercourse. The rolled outer ring or poly frame at the open end of the sheath remains outside the vagina and covers part of the external genitalia.

Safety measures

When used correctly, the female condom has a 5% failure rate. Always buy condoms that have the CE mark or the BSI Kitemark on the packet. This means they have been tested to high safety standards. There are no side effects on female condoms. To avoid incorrect use risk, the pieces of information should be read carefully.

Different versions and material of female condoms

There are two versions of female condoms. The first version was FC1 which was made in the late 20s and was basically polyurethane material. FC1 was clinically proven, safety measures checked but were prone to distracting crinkling noises.

Later, With further studies and experiences, FC2 condoms were made from natural latex by The Female Health Company. FC2 Female Condom is pre-lubricated with a non-spermicidal, silicone-based lubricant.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has cleared FC2 for purchase by U.N. agencies and the UNFPA (a U.N. agency) has incorporated the female condom into national programming.

The leading companies producing FC2 condoms in worldwide areas:-

• VA W.o.W.
• The woman’s condom
• Natural Sensation Female Condom
• Silk Parasol Female Condom
• The Phoenurse Female Condom
• Cupid’s Female Condom
• Origami Female Condom

Female condoms production units

Many condom brands claim that their condoms have great flavors and tantalizing aromas. The flavor may be contained in the lubricant or coated on the condom.

You’ll find flavors such as mint, grape, orange, banana, strawberry, bubblegum, chocolate, vanilla, bacon, and cola. Sometimes they are colored to match the flavor, with yellow for banana and red for strawberry.

Different types of female condoms

  • The pleasure-shaped condoms is that they tend to be looser with enlarged, pouch-like tips.
  • Tickler condoms either have a soft rubber tickler tip or are made of soft jelly.
  • They come in various styles with nodules, nubs, and ridges and shapes that provide stimulation by “tickling” the inner walls of the vagina.

Cost and usage

The per-unit price of female condoms is higher than male condoms but there is some evidence to suggest that polyurethane female condoms can be washed, disinfected, and reused.

A presentation at the 1998 International AIDS conference concluded that “washing, drying and re-lubricating the female condom up to ten times does not significantly alter the structural integrity of the device.

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