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Female condoms have several advantages. Women are in control when they use them. The use of male condoms often has to be negotiated over and over again and relies on the cooperation of men. Female condoms have to be negotiated only once. They can be inserted several hours before the sexual act takes place, so foreplay does not need to be interrupted. See here the instruction how to use a female condom (source: www.femalecondom.org).
Studies report a high satisfaction rate by both women and men who have used the female condom. Originally, the demand came mostly from women, but we see the number of male consumers increasing. Female condoms are commodities for safety, but also a pleasurable tool that should be accessible and affordable for all!
Female condoms should be available in all the shops and places where men and women go to buy male condoms or other contraceptives. And they should be sold at a price that is acceptable to the general public. It is often heard that female condoms are too expensive. However the price is only one aspect next to many benefits that female condoms have. Studies have shown that both men and women like female condoms for various reasons such as an increase in sexual pleasure as the sensation is close to that of natural sex.
Unfortunately, female condoms are not very well-known and are not widely available, thus active promotion takes place using a number of specialized strategies in different countries.
It depends per country where you can buy female condoms and which female condoms are available. There is also a possibility to order female condoms online via www.amazon.com, www.alibaba.com, www.ebay.com and www.condomerie.com. It is most likely that you can order online the FC2 and hopefully other female condoms will increase their online sales as well. Make sure that if you order online, that you are well informed about the use of female condoms.
Female condoms through Social Marketing
Since 2009, social marketing organizations have proven that there is a demand for female condoms. This is an extremely positive trend that women and men are willing to buy and use female condoms. In-country experiences show that users find female condoms of added value. One of the unorthodox ways of selling female condoms is using hair dressers and barbers, which is done in e.g. Cameroon and Nigeria. Hair dressers are experienced entrepreneurs and often clients feel at home in a women friendly environment. Clients come often, spend an hour in the salon and are willing to take advice from someone they trust. It also gives clients the opportunity to buy the product discretely, try it at home and come back and discuss their experiences with the hair dresser, who can give support and advice in usage.
Female condoms in Jeitosa
In Mozambique female condoms are targeted to young urban women and are sold in attractive packets under the name of Jeitosa. This name resonates the generally known name for male condoms (Jeito) in Mozambique and has connotations with pleasure and beauty. Jeitosa is marketed as a sexy product; a product that aspires to young women who are willing to try something new and who are comfortable with the topic of sexuality. Jeitosa is sold exclusively in a network of female entrepreneurs, like the Avon or the Tupperware model, getting a small number of independent sales representatives growing to become hubs for a wider network of re-sellers. Young urban women are often role models for other women and women from rural areas, thus they can pave the way for popularizing female condoms in their countries.
Peer education and community based approach
Also peer educators are involved in the promotion and selling of female condoms. Peer educators receive training from social marketing organizations prior to reaching out to their communities to talk with individuals and groups. Experiences show that especially the group approach has potential, as it gives people the opportunity to build a relationship of confidence and trust and provides ample time to discuss the reproductive organs, to answer questions people might have about sexuality. It gives participants some time to start using female condoms at home, report back and share their experiences. This way, people get used to the product and they are likely to use it more often. Peer educators do not sell female condoms themselves, however they refer people to near by places where they can buy female condoms.
Using female condoms has several advantages.~
Condoms – male and female – are currently the only available technology which gives users simultaneous protection against pregnancy and STI’s including HIV.~
Women have increased control over safe sex.
The use of male condoms often has to be negotiated over and over again and relies on the cooperation of men. Female condoms have to be negotiated only once. Qualitative studies find an increased sense of power for negotiation of safer sex, and a greater sense of control and safety during sex, among women using female-condoms.~
Female condoms have no side effects, are a reversible form of contraception, and can be used without seeking a health-care provider.
Although, it is recommended to get well informed about the use of female condoms.~
Synthetic female condoms have a soft, moist texture which feels natural during sex.
For men, the sensation of sex with a female condom is close to that of sex without a condom, as female condoms do not fit tightly around the penis.~
Female condoms can be safely stored in almost all conditions.
Synthetic female condoms (FC2 and Woman’s Condom) are not damaged by oil-based lubricants nor affected by changes in temperature and humidity, so they can be safely stored almost anywhere. (Unlike latex condoms such as Cupid).~
Some female condoms (FC2 and Woman’s Condom) can be inserted several hours before the sexual act takes place, so foreplay does not need to be interrupted.~
Studies report a high satisfaction rate by both women and men who have used the female condom.
Originally, the demand came mostly from women, but there is an increased trend of male consumers.~
In sum: female condoms are pleasurable and safe!
Providing female and male condoms leads to more instances of protected sex acts and reductions in STI incidence. Increasing the choice of methods available leads to increased uptake and more consistent and continued contraceptive use, partly because women’s contraceptive preferences vary during their lives.
The same applies when female condoms are made available in addition to male condoms: studies in Brazil, United States and Zimbabwe have proven that the female condom is effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies and HIV-infections because of an increase in protected sex acts.