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J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 1997 Aug;10(3):115-23.

Making the female condom a "reality" for adolescents.

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State University of New York, Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Staten Island University Hospital 10305, USA.


Alarming rates of pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and human immunodeficiency virus infection among adolescents point to the need for expanding contraceptive options for adolescents. The female condom-a female-controlled barrier method that protects both partners from sexually transmitted diseases-marks an important breakthrough in contraceptive technology. This report reviews current research on the efficacy and acceptability of the female condom and considers the feasibility of its use in the adolescent population. Specifically, the authors first consider the factors that affect teenage condom (and other contraceptive) use (efficacy, cost and availability, and acceptability) and then apply the mechanics of the female condom to these issues. Based on this analysis, recommendations for future steps to be taken by researchers, adolescent health practitioners, and the manufacturer of the female condom are presented.

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