- It has a heart or star-shaped vibrating sleeve which can induce an orgasm
- Can be put in up to 8 hours before sex and prevents pregnancy and STIs
- In a study of 50 people, 100% of women had an orgasm on the fourth use
- Manufacturers say using it will be ‘preferable to using no condom at all’
A company has developed a female condom it claims can make a woman orgasm every time. The new condom, called the VA w.o.w, has a heart or star-shaped vibrating sleeve which allegedly can bring a woman to orgasm during sex. The sleeve also keeps the condom from slipping too far into the vagina, its makers claim. The new condom, being developed by IXu LLC, a Michigan-based condom company, can be inserted into the vagina up to eight hours before sex.
IXu says the VA w.o.w. will be ‘a new condom people would prefer to use – even more than using no condom at all’. It carried out a survey of the new condoms on 50 couples and found that 70 per cent of women had an orgasm the first time they used VA w.o.w. By the second use, 84 per cent of women had been brought to orgasm, and by the fourth use, 100 per cent of the women had achieved success.
‘The rate of orgasm for women by the fourth time of use was 100 percent. It was a higher orgasm rate for women than even for men,’ IXu’s Brian Osterberg told the Daily Dot. ‘It just goes to show how powerful the technology is.’
Now, iXu is looking for manufacturers to bring the products to global markets. It has been awarded five patents to create a new breed of condoms which combine regular latex sheaths – which protect againt pregnancy and STDs – with miniature electronic sex toys.
The company wants to create ‘wearable tech’ condoms. A spokesperson for the company said in future, the condoms could be connected to smartphones and controlled remotely.
In a statement, an IXu spokesperson said: ‘One could communicate and control the condom (by wireless remote, smart phone etc) while the condom perform various stimulating functions; vibe/pulse sensations, sound, heat and light emissions.’ Various health-related agencies have reported that men prefer female condoms rather than male condoms, according to IXu.
But women preferred to use male condoms, it said.
Therefore, it hoped they have solved the problem by making a female condom ‘women preferred to use rather than male condoms’. Currently, VA w.o.w. is waiting for approval from the Food and Drug Administration, who formerly license such products in the US. It is expected to hit shelves in Europe in the next 12 to 18 months, the Daily Dot reports.
THE FEMALE CONDOM: A HISTORY
The female condom was launched 20 years ago. It’s formal name was the FC1, although it was widely known as the Femidom, or Reality.
It was manufactured by Chartex International Plc, and was marketed in different countries under different trade names. It’s critics claimed it made a rustling noise during sex, and some said it was ‘like having sex with a plastic bag’.
This spawned a series of nicknames including The FC1’s successor, the FC2 was made of non-rustling latex, and was more successful. This product was mainly sold to the US aid agency (USAID), the UN and the health departments in the Brazilian and South African governments.
Published: 15 April 2015. By Madlen Davies
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