FDA Approves Next Generation Female Condom


Prevention advocates rejoice! Yesterday  the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the FC2 female
condom – a second generation product manufactured by the Female Health
Company.   

There are many reasons to celebrate. 
First and foremost, the "prevention toolkit" is expanding – women
and men now have another option to prevent HIV infection. And women
in particular now have another safe and effective method designed for
them to initiate (even though men
can initiate female condom use too
!). 
The FC2 is designed to overcome some of the reported barriers faced
by its predecessor, the FC1 – it is apparently less noisy to use during
sex – and yet shares all the benefits of the FC1, such as the ability
to use water and oil-based lubricants or to insert the condom up to
eight hours before intercourse.  But the reason that is grabbing
the most headlines is the FC2 is cheaper to produce than the FC1, which
means that cost-savings will be passed on to the consumer.  In
fact, the FC2 will sell for about 30% less than the FC1. 

This of course has positive
implications for the affordability and accessibility of female condoms
in the U.S. and internationally.  For instance, the United States
Agency for International Development plans to phase out procurement
of the FC1 upon FDA approval of the FC2 according to Saving Lives
Now
, a report
by the Center for Health and Gender Equity.  This means that potentially
more female condoms can be procured, distributed and programmed overseas
due to lower costs.   

Cheers are definitely in order
for the decrease in manufacturing costs.  But it’s also important
to recognize that lower cost to the consumer is not a silver bullet
to rapid female condom uptake and use in the U.S. or internationally. 
Without adequate investments in technical support and programming, how
will women in men learn about the female condom-about how to insert
it and use it correctly and consistently, and how to negotiate and communicate
with their partners?   

With the drop in cost for the
new female condom, we also need a surge in education and advocacy, at
the local, national and international level.  Local service providers
and departments of health, ministries of health and other decision makers
need to hear from advocates that increased investment in female condom
procurement, distribution and programming is essential. 

We encourage you to join the Prevention Now!
Campaign
– a
global campaign to dramatically increase donor and government funding
for the purchase, distribution and program support needed to expand
access to female and male condoms and other existing prevention options
for women and men.  Let’s build on this momentum together to
make universal access to female condoms a reality!   

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  • invalid-0

    The FC2 is designed to overcome some of the reported barriers faced by its predecessor, the FC1 – it is apparently less noisy to use during sex

    But what if one likes that *schlurp* *schlurp* sound during sex? :-)

    On a more serious note: Do you know of any references for the female condom’s ability to protect against skin-to-skin disease transmission, e.g. herpes simplex I/II? This is a major limitation of traditional male condoms, and I’ve been wondering how the female condom stacks up as a superior alternative.

  • http://mpetrelis.blogspot.com invalid-0

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    http://mpetrelis.blogspot.com/2009/03/anal-condom-is-no-pain-in-ass-fda.html

  • invalid-0

    I agree how there needs to be more education, advocacyc and responsibility attached to this FC2. We’re not just dealing with the human body, efficiency, productivity, and affordability – we’re dealing with the social, psychological, and medical issues attached to it. Sex is a lot more complicated than just the act.
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    OliviaB.
    San Francisco DUI lawyer

  • invalid-0

    Thanks For such a good infomarion………

  • http://www.discountcondomking.com/condom-products.cfm?styleid=41 invalid-0

    FC2 is a female condom a woman initiated barrier method that protects against sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, and unintended pregnancies. As these female condoms are made of polyurethane plastic they tend to be sturdier than most of male latex condoms. These condoms offer less frequent breakage, improved comfort, and have an excellent shelf life even under unfavorable storage conditions. The female condom does not constrict the penis so provides better sensitivity to males. It is a good option for females especially in situations when males refuse to use a condom during sexual intercourse. It is innovative product that will find great favor with females.
    http://www.discountcondomking.com/condom-products.cfm?styleid=41

    • invalid-0

      Is it me or is that just stupid.

      I love that there’s a female condom but honestly, if the man doesn’t want to use a glove, then you can f him…by this I mean, dump the idiot and move on.

      He obviously doesn’t care about you if you’re requesting something simple and he says no. Why would you want to bed that guy and risk HIM being the father of your children!?

      Remember, NOTHING except abstinence is 100 percent effective against disease and pregnancy.

  • invalid-0

    That’s absolutely true, but only relevant in countries where women have an equal voice in negotiating sex. In countries where men are in control and women do not have a voice or rights, birth control options that can be hidden (such as the depo shot or female condoms) are widely used because the man never has to know.

    • invalid-0

      Yeah,in those countries where women do not have an equal voice in negotiating sex….like using a female condom is going to go unnoticed. The men may be total idiots, but I think most of them would notice that vaginal albatross in place during sex. I don’t care how great the improvements are in that device it is not a ‘stealthy’ form of STI protection or birth control. Lets work on improving equity and communication.

  • http://www.discountcondomking.com/condom-products.cfm?styleid=41 invalid-0

    FC2 is a female condom, a woman initiated barrier method that protects her against any unintended pregnancies as well as sexually transmitted infections such as HIV/AIDS. Female condoms are made of polyurethane plastic, and this makes such condoms sturdier than most of the male latex condoms. Polyurethane condoms offer less frequent breakage, improved comfort, and have an excellent shelf life even under unfavorable storage conditions. Female condoms do not constrict the penis and provide better sensitivity to males. It is a good option for females especially in situations when males refuse to use a condom during sexual intercourse. It is an innovative product that will find great favor with females.

  • http://www.dwiattorney.com invalid-0

    Wow, that is crazy. I didn’t even know they made those for women. One more for of protection is never a bad thing. Thanks for the article.

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