May 9th, 2014
Female Condoms and the advancements in medicine have provided us with different means of protection against STDs (What is STD? Page) (sexually transmitted diseases) and unwanted pregnancies. Nowadays, there are many methods for birth control (Birth Control Methods and Their Effectiveness Page) available and each one has its advantages and disadvantages. When it comes to the question of the most suitable method, users should choose the best method which is applicable to their needs and expectations.
One of these methods is the female condom, also known as femidom. Female condom is a thin and soft device made of polyurethane, synthetic latex and natural latex which entirely covers the female vagina (Vagina | Vaginal Laxity Page) and cervix and which should be used during intercourse (Condom Mistakes You Might Be Making During Sex Page) providing a physical barrier against semen and infection triggers.
FC1 was the first female condom being marketed. It consisted of polyurethane (Polyurethane Wiki Page). The second generation female condom, announced in 2005 and officially introduced in 2009, is FC2 which is being marketed under various brand names (Reality, Femidom, Dominique, Femy, Myfemy, Protectiv and Care). It consists of synthetic nitrile and has a flexible ring at each end. The ring at the close end should be inserted inside the vagina and the ring at the open end remains out of the vagina. FC2 female condoms are pre-lubricated but do not contain any spermicides. A more recent variant of the female condom consists of natural latex (same as the male condom) and is being marketed under various names (Reddy, V Amour, L’amour, VA WOW Feminine condom, and Sutra); FDA approval is still pending for the later one.