"Put a ring on it" is the cheeky slogan behind The Chicago Female Condom Campaign. The coalition of HIV/AIDS, reproductive justice, women's health, and gay men's health activists is working hard to raise awareness in Chicago and beyond about female condoms — a form of contraception just as effective as a male condom in preventing STIs, HIV, and pregnancy. A rep for the campaign spoke at this weekend's sex::tech conference, and here are five useful facts she shared.
- It's quiet! Some users of the first-generation female condoms would complain about a crinkly sound. No more with version 2.0, approved by the FDA last December.
- It increases pleasure. Zoe Lehman of The Chicago Female Condom Campaign explains that during vaginal sex, the inner ring stimulates the penis, while the outer ring stimulates the clitoris.
- It's empowering. Zoe described it as a "super-sexy prevention tool that empowers receptive partners." Unlike male condoms, the power is in the woman's hand, giving you more control of your sexual health.
- You can insert it hours before sex. That means no interruption, and again, more control.
- It's great for people with latex allergies. Female condoms are hypo-allergenic!
Check out more of the basics on the Put a Ring on It site. Would you consider using one?