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'Femidom' female contraceptive, United Kingdom, 1992

The female condom is marketed in different countries under various trade names. It was developed in the early 1990s as an alternative to the standard latex male condom. One benefit is it can be inserted before sex. This gives the woman more control over contraception and safer sex, preventing STIs and pregnancy. It consists of a lightly lubricated polyurethane bag with a flexible ring at each end. The ring at the closed end is removable. It is used for insertion and keeping the condom in place. The larger outer ring is fixed and remains outside the vagina. This ensures the Femidom does not slip inside. Chartex International Plc manufactured this synthetic female condom.

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Glossary: contraception

The use of methods and techniques to prevent pregnancy from sex.

Glossary: female condom

A barrier form of contraception. It is worn inside the vagina. A flexible ring at the closed end of the tube covers the cervix and holds it in place, while at the other end an open ring stays in place at the vaginal opening. Like the male condom it provides a protective barrier during sex and is used both as a contraceptive and to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).