Back in March, the FDA approved a second-generation female condom for sale in the United States. Our colleagues at the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) announced today that the new female condom (FC2) is now officially available in the United States (link leads to a PDF of CHANGE’s news release).
The new and improved female condom is made of nitrile instead of polyurethane. Like polyurethane, nitrile is a material that works well for people with latex sensitivities, but it is thinner and reduces the squeakiness that many people complained about with the first generation female condom. The new material is also cheaper – the market price of the FC2 will be 30% less than the original.
This is exciting progress in the world of safer sex materials and female-controlled barrier methods!