Will the new generation of female condoms revolutionise contraception?

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We assess the pros and cons of traditional condoms with the new and improved female options...

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The original Femidom (FC1) was launched 20-years ago, but it was made from polyurethane - a plastic material that women found noisy and uncomfortable during sex.

Now scientists have developed a next generation Femidom (FC2) made from synthetic latex, but will this lead to a female condom revival?

Take a look below to see how the traditional male condom compares with the new and improved female variety...

How does a female condom work?


It creates a barrier between his sperm and your egg in the same way as a male condom. It looks like a small plastic bag with a ring around the opening and the closed end. The closed end goes to the top of the vagina to create a secure channel for penetrative sex.

How effective are condoms?


The male condom is 98% effective and the female condom is 95-97%. As far as protecting against STDs, both the male and female condom are 97% effective with the exception of genital warts, herpes and crabs.

Make sure to only use condoms that carry either the European CE mark (which means the condom won't harm your health) or the the BSI Kitemark - a symbol of the British Family Planning organisation that guarantees greater pregnancy and STD protection.

What are the advantages of the female condom?


They can be placed inside the vagina eight hours before sex, so you can take the time to put it in correctly and not fumble around with a male condom. They're also a great option for women who suffer from the side-effects of hormonal contraceptives.

Where can I get a female condom from?


Male condoms are available in pharmacies and doctor's surgeries, but new generation FC2 female condoms are trickier to get hold of. You won't need a prescription, but you will need to do your research and speak to a GP.

Do you think female condoms can ever be as popular as male condoms?
Yes, especially now there are better options available.18.18%
No way, there's just something weird about femidoms. 42.42%
Maybe, but I'd need to do some research. 39.39%


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