06/10/2014 09:12 am ET Updated Jun 10, 2014

Can The Female Condom Ever Catch On?

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Confidential to the straight men in the audience: Would you be interested in having casual sex, protecting yourself against unplanned pregnancies and STIs, and never having to strap on another condom in your life? If so, you’re already in luck: Since 1993, the Female Health Company has offered an Food and Drug Administration–approved female condom—it looks like a soft plastic tube outfitted with rings on both ends to keep it stabilized—that can be inserted into the vagina hours before sex for a more spontaneous engagement. In 2012, the company sold more than 60 million of its condoms, which it calls the FC2. “The company is enormously successful,” says Daniel Resnic, a condom developer in California. “Yet when you ask anybody in the U.S. about it, men have never heard of it and women have not tried it.”

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