'Femidom' female contraceptive, United Kingdom, 1992

Made:
1992 in United Kingdom
maker:
Chartex International Plc.
Part of pack of 3 Femidom female condoms. Made by Chartex International plc. 1992.
      Full view, one pack alongside box.

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Part of pack of 3 Femidom female condoms. Made by Chartex International plc. 1992. Full view, one pack alongside box.
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Part of pack of 3 Femidom female condoms (1 condom in packet, 1 instruction leaflet) by Chartex International plc., 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.