Getting the Word Out About Female Condoms

By Rachel Walden |

The FC2 Female Condom

How did one guy come to love using the female condom? Science journalist David C. Holzman answers that very question in a recent piece for Boston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR.

Holzman describes his own iffy approach to male condom use, and how his experience of improved sensation with the female condom  made him a convert. He also talks about some reasons why female condoms may not have yet taken off, and how they may offer better protection than male condoms against sexually transmitted infections.

Holzman also was recently interviewed for WBUR’s CommonHealth segment, alongside OBOS’s own Judy Norsigian, which you can listen to online.

Many sexual health advocates have been working for greater availability of female condoms, both in the United States and around the world. For more information, check out our previous post on a paper doll campaign to demonstrate demand for female condoms, and the Female Condoms 4 All campaign, which strung together all ~20,000 of those paper dolls to display in conjunction with the recent International AIDS Conference.

You can learn about FC2, the only female condom available in the United States, from this excerpt from the 2011 edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves. Health workers can get online training on the FC2 at this website.

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  1. Penny says:

    Why such focus on making the one male contraceptive method into something for the woman? Shouldn’t there be more research on male contraception – women having been taking the total responsibility for planned pregnancies forever. It is time that males take more responsibility not less.