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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Next Generation of Female Condoms Arrive in Select Walgreens Locations

We're thrilled to report that Walgreens will be selling the female condom, starting in 400 of their locations across the United States. Also known as the FC2, the newer version is less expensive than its predecessor, and will set you back just a third of the cost of the original female condom (about $5.99). You can also purchase them online here.

The female condom can be used by men and women for both vaginal and anal sex. It has been heralded as an important form of contraception that prevents the transmission of STDs. It gives the receiver the power to protect in any given sexual situation, which is not typical for male condom use.

"The female condom is one of the only forms of barrier contraception that allow women to be in control over their own sexual health, allowing them protection against unwanted pregnancies as well as HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)," said Carole Brite, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois. "It is a vital tool in the fight against HIV/AIDS."

To learn more about how to use the female condom properly as well as what potential benefits can result from its use, check out the website for the Chicago Female Condom Campaign. The Site has tons of important information including places where you can find the female condom, and plenty of interesting facts. For example, we bet you didn't know the FC2 is made from a special rubber called Nitrile. The material is different from the latex used in male condoms, which can irritate both men and women. Not to mention, you can use the female condom with any type of lubricant without compromising the rubber.

The female condom is a great form of contraception that also protects against STIs. Stop by Walgreens and pick some up today!

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