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Female condoms hit the spotlight - Will U.S. women see more options?

Contraceptive Technology Update

May 1, 2011

Candidates such as Woman's Condom, Origami may boost use

Since its introduction in 2009, use of the non-latex FC2 Female Condom (Women's Health Co., Chicago) has grown. In fact, the number of FC2s distributed in the United States tripled in the past year.1

The cost of a pack of three FC2 Female Condoms ranges between $5.99 and $7.99.2

The FC2 is enjoying success in Washington, DC, where all 55 CVS drug stores carry it, and public heath officials in San Francisco kicked off a new FC2 awareness campaign on Feb. 14, 2011. Houston public health officials followed suit in March 2011 by initiating their own awareness campaign about the barrier protection method.

However, as family planners know, options in choice might encourage more women in selecting a prevention method. Two new female condoms are on the horizon: the Woman's Condom  developed by PATH in Seattle, and the Origami, under research by Strata Various Product Design in Culver City, CA.

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