Female condoms are a barrier method of contraception that is inserted into the vagina. When used correctly and consistently, male and female condoms reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV and unintended pregnancy. The use of water-based lubricants with latex condoms decreases risk even further by preventing condom breakage.
PSI uses private sector marketing strategies to increase demand for, and access to, attractively packaged, affordable and high-quality female condoms.
We encourage clients to practice dual protection, meaning use of a male or female condom along with a modern contraceptive method in order to offer maximum protection against unintended pregnancies and STIs.
We first began marketing female condoms in 1995 in Zambia, and have since worked to open markets for, and increase access to, the female condom, globally. In 2016, across 27 countries, PSI sold more than 16 million female condoms and distributed 1.3 million free female condoms. This averted 181,494 disability-adjusted light years (DALYs) and provided 78,776 couple years of protection (CYPs).
We have developed successful female condom social marketing solutions by ensuring the environment is conducive for product promotion, addressing barriers women face when accessing female condoms, distributing correct usage information and supporting women to negotiate condom use with their partners.
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