Ohio: Study of Female Condom Could Yield Another Choice
November 23, 2009
Early next year, the University of Cincinnati will be one of a dozen sites where researchers will begin studying an improved female condom. The university's Center for Reproductive Health may begin enrolling 50-60 female volunteers in February, said Dr. Michael A. Thomas, the center's director. The National Institutes of Health awarded the center $608,000 for the study.
Female condoms offer women "a nonhormonal way of protecting themselves against pregnancy and [STDs]," Thomas said. As they are female-controlled, the devices can be useful for women whose male partners either cannot or will not use condoms, she said. Comfortable use of a female condom may take three to five uses, he said.
In March, the Food and Drug Administration approved the Female Health Co.'s FC2, a second-generation female condom touted as less squeaky and more comfortable than the FC1.
For more information about the Woman's Condom, visit www.path.org/projects/womans_condom.php.
Courier Journal (Louisville)
11.19.2009; Darla Carter
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.