Redesign of female condoms 'makes them more appealing'

Female condoms have been redesigned to make them more comfortable, in the hope that it will lead to a greater use of the safe sex device.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the new creations are intended to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Infection rates for syphilis, gonorrhoea and Chlamydia have increase in the city from 2009 to 2010 and so officials are looking into measures to combat this.

Susan Philip, the department of public health's STD-prevention director, said: "We really recognise that one size does not fit all for people and I think that's true for condoms and safer-sex tools as well as anything else."

Because of this, she hopes those who do not like using male condoms will consider femidoms instead.

The body recently encouraged gay men to make use of female condoms when having anal sex, as it can cut down on the spread of HIV.