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The FDA prepares to approve a female condom

As if men and women did not have enough to fight about in the bedroom, they will soon be able to squabble over who should wear the condom. Last week the Food and Drug Administration announced that it was preparing to approve a female condom -- a plastic pouch that lines the inside of the vagina. Named Reality by its U.S. manufacturer, Wisconsin Pharmacal, the product is similar to male condoms in that it is designed to prevent both pregnancy and the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

The female condom is not as effective as its male counterpart,...

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