Why female condoms are so hard to find

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, March 21, 2018
  • There are hundreds of different kinds of male condoms for sale in the US, so why is there only one female condom?

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    There are hundreds of male condoms that have been approved by the FDA, but there is only one female condom that’s available in the US –– and you need a prescription to get it. Female condoms are almost as effective as male condoms, so why are they so hard to find?

    Female condoms have been around since the 1980’s, when a Danish doctor named Lasse Hessel came up with a prototype. It was brought to the US in the 90’s under the name FC1 but the media ridiculed it, comparing it to a plastic bag.

    The FC2 came out a few years later but it wasn’t marketed very well and the original stigma still stuck around. In 2017, the company that manufactures them stopped selling them in stores and changed to a prescription-only model, so you need to see a doctor to get one.

    But sexual health advocates say that we should give female condoms another chance. They're the only female-initiated method of preventing STIs (including HIV) and unplanned pregnancies and many say they’re preferable for anal sex as well.

    Putting them back in retail stores and raising awareness on the marketplace could give them a second wind and increase their usage.

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  • Shadow Operatives
    Shadow Operatives  9 hours ago

    but... "male" condoms are the sane thing... why do we need female condoms?????
    Do y'all just wanna have whatever we have??
    "If you have condoms, we want em too!! Give us condoms!! >:("

  • härjaren Langstrumpf

    Condoms have existed since the 1950s. They work well and have been around for ages. Simple answer.

  • Loes K
    Loes K  21 hours ago

    Well I think I would feel like a trash can with that thing inside of me...a total turn off for me and my partner😂

  • Abner Lopez
    Abner Lopez  yesterday

    Because its a loose male comdom the you stuff in ya vag and truthfully its weird

  • Wednesday Castillo

    My school gives them out during health fairs and the nurse will give you female condoms if you ask.

  • Amber Dee
    Amber Dee  yesterday

    This isnt true. I worked at an Adam and Eve and we sold those female condoms. No rx needed.

  • 100s subs without any videos?

    *"male condoms come in various shapes and sizes"*
    Can I have a square condom, please?

  • E Z
    E Z  yesterday

    You can buy female condoms at walmart

  • Soggy Gt
    Soggy Gt  2 days ago

    0-0 🤢

  • silvershadow
    silvershadow  2 days ago +1

    what we really need is male birth control

  • victor jarlund
    victor jarlund  2 days ago


  • YoUr FaCe iS fReSh lIkE a SaLaD EnErGy StRoNg

    But why is this in my recommended...

  • Светодиод постель

    What the hell just tell the dude to put the rubber on

    VIAGE LÍRICO  2 days ago

    Why this video was so hard to find???

  • Rylan Dudoward
    Rylan Dudoward  2 days ago

    Female condoms are bigger, more expensive, has to be put in prior to intercourse, its is only 95% effective compared to Male condoms 98%, has a higher failure rate compared to the Male condom and has been quoted as distracting and outer ring is 'cumbersome'. It isnt patriarchy or some cheap nonsense that makes the female condom unpopular, believe it or not the design and economics are at fault.

  • Unknown Blogger
    Unknown Blogger  2 days ago

    I didn't know they exist.

  • Mamaz Na
    Mamaz Na  3 days ago

    Dam she had cotton mouth, someone give her some water 💦

  • Em Doodley
    Em Doodley  3 days ago +1

    Hey brownie snacks aren't that bad of a prize.

  • Emily Mills
    Emily Mills  3 days ago

    The age for it 15 15 15 15 years old

  • just lurking
    just lurking  3 days ago

    Wtf i didn't know there's a condom for a female.
    It's okay, i don't have plans to have sex anw. ( not yet) hahahaha.