Yesterday, the FDA approved a new, cheaper version of the female condom, which should be available for purchase by 2009. Do we even care? Should we?
According to the Chicago Tribune, female condoms will be 30% cheaper if the FDA-approved version (which is made of synthetic rubber instead of polyurethane) is approved. The article cites expense as a possible reason why female condoms have never really caught on in the US. We might be able to deduce a few other reasons why they aren't that popular by doing a close read of this portion of the article:
Users also complained it was difficult to insert, slippery, sometimes squeaky during sex and unsightly.
Yeah, that doesn't sound all that great. And, the female condom has a 5% failure rate when it comes to preventing pregnancy, which is 2% higher than its male counterpart. Still, it is a way for a woman to take STI and pregnancy prevention into her own hands (or, uh, vagina), and that's a good thing.
So what's the deal?