It’s female condom day! Also, it’s ozone day!

The female condom was developed years ago to allow women more control over their reproductive health, safety and choice. It's good in concept but, as has been reported here and there, the reception so far has been fairly poor. Some complain it's too expensive as compared to the male condom; other say it's too cumbersome.
A female condom fashion show at PATH, 2012
A female condom fashion show at PATH, 2012

Seattle-based PATH is both a developer and big proponent of the female condom, so no surprise it is among the handful of organizations promoting the fact that today is Female Condom Day. It’s also International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.

Chances are, both milestones will be celebrated equally enthusiastically. Or not.

The female condom was developed years ago to allow women more control over their reproductive health, safety and choice. It’s good in concept but, as has been reported here and there, the reception so far has been fairly poor. Some complain it’s too expensive as compared to the male condom; other say it’s too cumbersome.

There’s no question women need to gain more control over their reproductive health. It’s not yet clear if the female condom is going to be a key method for achieving that.

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