Montevideo Consensus Offers a Bold and Progressive Vision for Women and Youth

Signed by 38 countries, the Montevideo Consensus is the most forward-looking document on sexual and reproductive health and rights ever agreed to at any diplomatic negotiation.

Existing and Emerging Contraceptive Technologies Can Improve Women's Health

Over the weekend, in an op-ed column entitled “Birth Control Over Baldness”, award-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof described a “high-tech revolution” in family planning “that will affect more people in a more intimate way than almost any other technological stride”. He argued for more funding towards…

New Female Condoms Are For Sale in the US

Back in March, the FDA approved a second-generation female condom for sale in the United States. Our colleagues at the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) announced today that the new female condom (FC2) is now officially available in the United States (link leads to a PDF…

New Female Condom Distribution Initiatives in Africa

A new factsheet on female condoms written by Lucie van Mens, of the Universal Access to Female Condom Joint Programme (UAFC) and Ilze Smit, of the World Population Foundation, has been released – you can get the PDF here or read the…

Female Condoms: Demand and Distribution (Video)

Here in the United States, female condoms have kind of gotten a bad rap: They are not readily available in many places. They cost up to $4 each. They squeak. They look like plastic bags. They are made of an unfamiliar material (polyurethane). The FDA just announced its approval of the new and improved…