UNFPA: Female condoms will benefit reproductive health

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has advocated the use of female condoms and praised the prophylactic for the numerous health benefits it can bring.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria, Dr Bannet Ndyanabangi, deputy representative of the UNFPA, which holds gender equality among its core areas of focus, said the contraception type could boost overall wellbeing for women - and in particular their reproductive health.

Dr Ndyanabangi observed female condoms are relatively new - when compared with the male condom - and heralded their arrival, as they can be used by women without the need to negotiate the idea of safe sex with a man.

He noted: "A woman will be able to protect her body against sexually transmitted diseases without waiting for the male to approve its use."

Advances made with regard to the product - such as convenience, safety and simplicity - have all played a role in increasing the popularity of the items.