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Now, women can play safe too!

What is a female condom? It?s a sheath made of soft plastic that is inserted into the vagina. It has two rings: one at the closed end to help insertion. Check out the details.

tabloid Updated: Jun 14, 2006 13:41 IST

What is a female condom? It’s a sheath made of soft plastic that is inserted into the vagina. It has two rings: one at the closed end to help insertion, and one outside the vagina to protect external genitalia.

Indian women, at least those who can afford it, no longer have to put up with their partners' moods to ensure condom use anymore.

With the launch of India’s first female condom, Confidom, women can now ensure they are protected, not only against unwanted pregnancies but also from sexually transmitted diseases whenever they please.

Confidom — the result of a tie-up between Hindustan Latex Ltd, a government of India enterprise and The Fe male Health Company, (Plc), UK — was launched in Bangalore on May 6 and will be available across major cities in the next couple of months.

But it does not come cheap.

It is imported from the United Kingdom and costs Rs 250 for a pack of two.

Confidom is the only female-initiated barrier contraceptive (one that provides protection by blocking the transfer of fluids and/or sperm) in India and has created a new category for women who have so far been dependent on contraceptive pills and Intra-Uterine Devices.

Female condoms have been available abroad for the past 10 years.

Rajeev Kumar, product manager, consumer business division, Hindustan Latex, said the company had first conducted a study in India to determine the acceptability of the product. “The outcome of the study led us to launch the product commercially, targeting upwardly mobile women. The price was found acceptable in this segment.” HLL is planning to manufacture the product in India soon. It hopes to start part manufacture before the end of the year.