Female Condoms: Another Way to Protect Yourself
Protecting yourself from sexually transmitted diseases is not just a concern for younger people. Baby boomers and those entering midlife who are still dating, or who may have started dating again after going through a divorce, must protect themselves as well. The easiest most accessible way to protect yourself is through condoms.
For almost two decades, female condoms have been on the market, but because they have been called inconvenient and unnatural, many don't use them, preferring male condoms instead. You may not know it, but a second generation of the female condom has been released, and some say they are more natural and user-friendly than previous versions. Demonstrations are being offered on how to use them.
The newest version of female condoms called FC2 is cheaper and uses a non-latex material. The device looks like a long sheath with two soft rings at each end. One ring must be pushed with a finger into the vagina, much like a tampon. The other ring remains outside the body.
When tampons were first introduced, people cringed at the thought of insertion, but women eventually caught on, said Zoe Lehman, a support services coordinator at the Chicago Women's AIDS project.
Zoe Lehman explains why she thinks women haven't caught onto the female condom: It's the same deal with female condoms - it's not complicated at all," she said. "People have the idea it's more complicated to use it because no one has shown them how to use it."
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