Women can now have the power of preventing the spread of STDs in their own hands with the female condom.
According to buzzfeed.com, the new Female Condom 2 is easier to use than the older version, has increased pleasure for women and it covers more of the outside skin of the vulva, reducing skin-to-skin STD transmission risk. It has already prevented 23 HIV infections in Washington DC, according to a study in the AIDS and Behavior journal…but would you use it?
The study cites that it is critical that there are HIV prevention interventions entirely under the control of women, and female condoms are the only such woman initiated intervention currently on the open market. Women who were asked about if they would use the newer form of birth control gave more reasons why they would prefer to stick with the traditional condom than use the female condom. The reasons ranged from the indiscreet appearance of the product that could mess up the mood to being less effective against preventing pregnancy than the male condom to just being way too expensive. The female condom is also difficult to find, but Planned Parenthood is taking steps to make the product more accessible for those interested.
Apparently the biggest drawback of the female condom is that most women just don’t know how to use it. Just like any other form of protection, if used wrong it can have no affect against preventing the spread of STDs. Planned Parenthood tries to combat this issue by providing a “how to” guide on their website in addition to a video demonstrating how to properly use the female edition of the condom.
Usually taking prevention into your own hands meant making sure to carry condoms with you or have them in the house in case the guy you are with “forgot” to bring his.
When the pros and cons of the product are weighed, do you think more women should opt for this form of prevention?