The female condom is the only contraceptive method women can initiate themselves for protection against both unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. This contraceptive doesn’t involve hormones. Moreover, the materials (rings or sponges) of the female condom can add sexual pleasure for both men and women.
People should be able to choose the protection method that suits them best. To be able to make that choice it is necessary to provide them with adequate information as well as easy access to the products. This ‘tailored protection’ ensures that more people will protect themselves from infections and pregnancy. Not only in developing countries but also in the West.
Access and Availability
Access to female condoms is high on the agenda of Rutgers. With the broad-scaled programme Universal Access to Female Condoms (UAFC), together with Oxfam Novib, i+solutions and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we played an important part in increasing the worldwide availablity of the female condom. During the recent Global Female Condom Conference several international organisations and governments committed themselves to this goal as well.
Still not convinced of the importance of female condoms? Watch the video below, starring Zawadi Smartlove, the mascot of the UAFC programme.