Why female condoms are so hard to find

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, March 21, 2018
  • There are hundreds of different kinds of male condoms for sale in the US, so why is there only one female condom?Help us make more ambitious videos by joining the Vox Video Lab. It gets you exclusive perks, like livestream Q&As with all the Vox creators, a badge that levels up over time, and video extras bringing you closer to our work! Learn more at http://bit.ly/video-labThere are hundreds of male condoms that have been approved by the FDA, but there is only one female condom that’s available in the US –– and you need a prescription to get it. Female condoms are almost as effective as male condoms, so why are they so hard to find?Female condoms have been around since the 1980’s, when a Danish doctor named Lasse Hessel came up with a prototype. It was brought to the US in the 90’s under the name FC1 but the media ridiculed it, comparing it to a plastic bag.The FC2 came out a few years later but it wasn’t marketed very well and the original stigma still stuck around. In 2017, the company that manufactures them stopped selling them in stores and changed to a prescription-only model, so you need to see a doctor to get one.But sexual health advocates say that we should give female condoms another chance. They're the only female-initiated method of preventing STIs (including HIV) and unplanned pregnancies and many say they’re preferable for anal sex as well. Putting them back in retail stores and raising awareness on the marketplace could give them a second wind and increase their usage. Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oOr Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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  • LlamaPyjamas

     9 months ago

    They're literally plastic bags you stuff up your coochie

  • Menina DoMato

     6 days ago

    This is a comment from either an ignorant person or a goofy person. Bc there's a lot more to these condoms. Research and you will become smarter.

  • salamander saladman

     1 years ago

    It’s because the condom company know that most men will buy tons of condoms and never use them while women won’t buy them unless they need them

  • Arvind Jiji Antony

     3 months ago

    Ouch. That hurts

  • Chepe Olvera

     4 months ago

    audry klein Yea except guys can use female condoms. Think about it....

  • EHZ_115

     1 years ago

    How is it hard to explain how it works? It's like putting a trash bag in a trash can. There done.

  • Margarita M.

     3 months ago


  • Panda boy

     3 months ago

    EHZ_115 true

  • WarlegganFangirl1984

     1 years ago

    *makes squeaky noises?* I could have died of laughter! 😂

  • Laurens

     1 months ago

    @Kasia L no

  • Kasia L

     4 months ago

    Grow up

  • Lytra

     1 years ago

    That 82% makes me uneasy

  • Mik K

     12 days ago

    3k from me

  • Shawn Dietrich

     2 months ago

    perosn dhdjd that’s the joke

  • AnksDilxMc

     8 months ago

    How the hell did i even get here.

  • Nisha Cope

     2 months ago

    Me too

  • Oscar Carzaniga

     2 months ago

    I was scrolling and YT thought i clicked on it.Pretty interesting though.

  • I don't have a name slutty

     1 years ago

    **deletes history**


     4 months ago

    For real!!!

  • Kyatis

     4 months ago

    I don't have a name slutty it's just a condom, your name literally has "slutty" in it, what are you worried about

  • Derek the half a bee

     1 years ago

    "Why female condoms are so hard to find"Because women didn't want them, so the market responded and stopped stocking products that consumers wouldn't buy.

  • neigh

     2 months ago

    Jesus Christ hold up

  • Sara

     2 months ago

    @silly pebbles you replied with an unnecessary to a coment i made a month ago. Good for you

  • Lacey Davis

     1 years ago

    At 2:36 that is the Lady who came to our school to teach sex-ed. Her name is Mrs. Bingham.

  • Hashir Kp

     3 months ago

    I think she is in Breaking Bad too.....

  • cath queen

     4 months ago

    Sex Ed is a subject that should be mandatory. It helps in creating awareness about STDs and also opens up students to 'good' sex, basically where both the partners are able to freely, without shame, explore things.

  • blatek

     1 years ago

    Male condoms come in all shapes and sizes? What’s the other shape they come in?

  • silvermoon

     2 months ago

    uuhh there are ones who are wider at the top for a better fit and also inverted ones with a smaller top

  • Swords And sandals

     3 months ago