Young women who start using hormonal contraceptives for birth control often stop using condoms, but a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds that if they later discontinue using hormonal contraceptives, they tend not to resume using condoms. This leaves them open to both unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
A second generation of female condoms, which was approved in 2009, is cheaper than the first version. Still, the condoms for women are a lot more expensive than those for males. And female condoms remain pretty unfamiliar to most people.
But a new study finds there’s no question female condoms are a good bargain when it comes to preventing HIV infections.
Here’s the dirty little secret of condoms: They actually were meant to suck. In 1877, a medical study of syphilis prevention described condoms as “the least bad system, and so much the better if a condom is more likely to inspire disgust than provoke desire. The number of couplings, and consequently of cases of [infection], will thereby be reduced.” In other words, if condoms suck badly enough, maybe people will get so turned off that they won’t have sex anymore.
By Softcup July 15, 2011 – 1:01pm
You’re headed for a romantic vacation with your husband and it happens to be that time of the month. Years ago, the myth of not being able to have sex when you have your period may have literally put a damper your intimate vacation plans. But, as research and women have progressed, and if partners are willing, your period doesn’t have to get in the way of romantic plans.
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February 14, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — San Francisco is the first city in the nation distributing new female condoms for gay men. The idea is to promote another tool that could reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections.
In San Francisco, there’s always more to Valentine’s Day than just flowers and chocolates. Female condoms were handed out Monday at City Hall courtesy of the health department. It’s the same design as the original version but made of Nitrile.