A review of the female condom
Nikki Maier, Taku River First
Itís noisy, itís big, itís new. This is what I heard about the female condom (a.k.a. The Reality Condom) before I ever tried it. I have to agree itís big. In fact, itís so big
it kind of scared me. But you know what? It is not at all bad it just takes a little getting used to is all. As for noise, I did not ? nd it altogether too noisy. Nope this condom was absolutely discreet, except for the ring hangs out of your vagina. through this next century and beyond.
The good part is that this condom can protect you not
only from HIV, but also other Sexually Transmitted
Infections (STIís) such as the Human Papilloma Virus
(HPV) and genital herpes because it covers your labia.
To protect yourself from STIís it is important to use a
The female condom has an open end and a closed
end. Some people have referred to it as a Ďwind sockí
like sheath. The closed end is inserted into the vagina
much in the same way you would insert a tampon.
The open end hangs out and covers the labia; thus,
offering more protection from STIs like HPV and
herpes than the traditional male condom. Also, since
the female condom is made out of polyurethane it is a
great alternative for those with latex allergies. Some
people worry that the female condom looks funny, but I imagine that many people thought the same thing
about the male condom when it ? rst came out. I think it
looks kinda cool like a present, only with clear wrapping
What other women say: A Toronto study gathered
female participants and offered an unlimited supply
of both female and male condoms. By the end of the
study, 37% of the participants preferred the female
condom over the male condom. Last but not least,
offering a male partner a choice between the male and
female condom increased the likelihood that people
would choose to have protected sex.
A true story: A woman in Kelowna, BC was married for
more than a decade. This week her husband tested
positive for HIV. This is a woman who was married
and thought she was safe from contracting HIV
because she was in a monogamous relationship. Yet
her husband was screwing around on her and having
It just goes to show that you cannot trust your partner
100%. It is a sad fact. HIV is the virus that leads to
AIDS. We know how small our communities are.
We travel to protest camps, we pow wow, we go to
conferences, and some of us have unprotected sex.
Think about it: we have a high birth rate, and that
means we are not protecting ourselves.
It is important to get tested for STIís like HIV. They
estimate that of those who have HIV, one third are
unaware of their infection. That means that 30% of
infected individuals are infecting other people right now.
So if youíre having sex, protect yourself. If youíre
one of the status card carrying Indians you can get
a prescription from a doctor for a supply of female
condoms. Condoms are covered for all card carriers.
But if youíre non-status like me, or Metis, then look
no further than the closest Friendship Centre, AIDS
service organization, or Outreach Health Clinic where
you can get free condoms. Otherwise, the Female
Condom is available for approximately 3 for 10 bucks.
Ask for the Female Reality Condom, it is unbelievable.
You gotta try it.
It is never too late to practice safer sex. You are
precious. If you have a hard time believing that, then
do what I do and get a picture of yourself when you
were a baby or a toddler and remind yourself to take
care of that little kid inside you. You are sacred and we
need all the healthy Indians to keep our communities
going through this next century and beyond.