The Female Condom
In April of 1993, the FDA approved the first barrier contraceptive for women that will increase protection from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and unplanned pregnancies. Some would say that because of the noticeable noise the condom created during sex, the first female condom (FC1) flopped. However, it never fully disappeared.
In fall of 2005, a change of material was announced for the female condom. By fall of 2009, the new product (FC2) was in full transition. The second line of female condoms were developed to take the place of the first line. The improved product would continue to provide the same safety during use but at a lower cost and with less distraction in the bedroom.
The Differences between FC1 and FC2 female condoms:
- Made of polyurethane
- Has a seam. Originally made from a welding process that holds two sheets together.
- Outer Ring is polyurethane
- Inner Ring is polyurethane. It is loose and does not connect to the sheath.
The FC1 - The First Female Condom
- Made of Nitrile. It is latex free.
- Does not have a seam. It is made from a dipping process
- Outer Ring is a continuation of the sheath. It is also made of Nitrile which is rolled down to form the outer ring. Similar to a male condom.
- Inner Ring is the same as the FC1. It is made of polyurethane and does not connect to the sheath. This allows for the inner ring to move to fit an individual.
The FC2 - The Second Female Condom
The FC1 and FC2 paved the way for other brands of female condoms such as the VA w.o.w and PATH's Woman's Condom (made of latex). If used regularly and correctly, the female condom is about 95% effective. They are available at most drugstores without a prescription at a fairly inexpensive price.