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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  • Turninator  (Apr 12, 2018)

    imagine having a Lightsaber fight with glow in the dark condoms

  • Ninjaguy5700  (1 day ago)


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  • Corey Dagon  (Apr 9, 2018)

    It’s because the condom company know that most men will buy tons of condoms and never use them while women won’t buy them unless they need them

  • Ussishkin Gang  (5 days ago)


  • ugly goldfish  (Feb 3, 2019)

    I never bought condoms when I wouldn't need them

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

  • A Stupid Idiot Liquid  (Feb 12, 2019)

    Don’t you mean fun instead of various

  • Claudia Alvarez  (Feb 11, 2019)


  • Lytra  (Apr 8, 2018)

    That 82% makes me uneasy

  • Aniella Noodles  (Feb 10, 2019)

    Frosted Legion 2K to 2.1K

  • Mikerbert  (Mar 21, 2018)

    Didn't even know a female condom existed

  • Oh, well I did when I was like, 13. I was at a 7/11 and surprisingly, there was a female condom there made by a local brand.

  • blatek  (Apr 8, 2018)

    Male condoms come in all shapes and sizes? What’s the other shape they come in?

  • V .Kuijten  (Feb 13, 2019)

    I know I'm late but I hope this answers some questions https://condomerie.com/funcondooms/handbeschilderd.htmlI know this because I once walked past this shop in Amsterdam

  • LlamaPyjamas  (Oct 11, 2018)

    They're literally plastic bags you stuff up your coochie

  • C.J. Davis  (Feb 10, 2019)

    Mathou I was just about to say, some condoms have spermicide but not all, just reduces your chances out getting knocked up but nothing is full proof lmao

  • Mathou  (Jan 28, 2019)

    +GamePlay TJ a spermicide.................................. (It does exist. Idiot lmfao)

  • Mortebianca  (Apr 12, 2018)

    "Female discrimination doesn't exis-"

  • Nguyen Nguyen  (Feb 13, 2019)

    Brainless white knight spotted

  • Marko Grbavac  (Jan 22, 2019)

    I don't see a point

  • Renaissance Woman  (Apr 8, 2018)

    I think that lack of popularity is also due to the fact that to use a female condom it has to be inserted in the woman and not many woman are familiar with their bodies (maybe even scared). Even sexually active women don't know what and where their cervix is.

  • Amino Acid Ko  (Feb 13, 2019)

    +Montse Servín i don't

  • Splatfan  (Jan 17, 2019)

    +Persephone's Winter no sex ed. living in a catholic country sucks

  • EHZ_115  (Apr 13, 2018)

    How is it hard to explain how it works? It's like putting a trash bag in a trash can. There done.

  • +Nupur Lanjekar ur english is trash

  • billie-ache eyelash  (Dec 13, 2018)

    EHZ_115 and now the trash won’t get on the sides of the actual can