Condomize Campaign discusses Female Condoms

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Addis Ababa, December 9, 2011 (WIC) - Participants of ICASA shared experiences on the significance of female condoms in protecting themselves from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

According to a press release, The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) sent to WIC, the discussion and experience sharing on the use of female condoms took place yesterday among ICASA participants who attended UNFPA’s Condomize Campaign.

Women from different countries indicated that they felt uncomfortable when they used it for the first time, but came familiar with it after frequently using it, according to the press release.

“The condom I used for the first time was noisy and makes me and my boyfriend uncomfortable,” said a lady from Ethiopia who shared her experience of using female condom. “But gradually my sex partner likes it. Unlike the male condom, the female condom transmits heat between the sex partners,” she said.

Another woman from Congo also shared a similar experience. She also indicated that unlike the male condom, it takes more time to properly insert it into the vagina. “I feel comfortable when my sex partner uses female condom,” said one male participant of the discussion from Senegal.

Responding to the issues raised by the participants, UNFPA’s Condomize campaigners agreed that the two female condom brands which have been in the market were somehow noisy as compared to male condoms. To solve this problem they advised the use of lubricant on the female condom before inserting it in to the vagina and turn-on music during sex while using female condoms. The campaigners also noted that new brands of female condoms are in the pipeline and the problems witnessed while using the previous female condoms will be resolved.

Researches indicate that the use of female condoms is not familiarized by many people like the use of male condoms. Its expensiveness and the fact that it takes more time to use unlike the male condom makes the use of female condoms less as compared to the male.

The fact that it is less accessible is also often mentioned as one the challenges in expanding the use of female condoms especially by the people of most o the countries in Africa. Studies show that currently out of 36 women in the world who demand to use female condom, only one has access to it.