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Development and Testing of the Female Pleasure Condom

Debby Herbenick and Frank Sadlo of Indiana University in the U.S. will design a new female condom that is easier and more comfortable to use, and enhances sexual experience. The new condom will have a more natural elliptical opening as opposed to the more conventional Round one, and will be ribbed on one side to provide directed internal stimulation for the female, making it potentially more enjoyable than using no condom. They will also test an alternative method for securing the condom in place using an additional latex coating at the internal, closed end of the condom, which should be more comfortable. Prototypes will be created for evaluation by couples in India, and performance compared to a conventional female condom.

More information about Develop the Next Generation of Condom (Round 12)

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