Desperately — and unsuccessfully — trying to unwrap a condom as your date anxiously awaits breathless sex is every clumsy man’s nightmare. Or worse yet, you’re both ready for a sex romp, but he’s got no condom.

Frustration can be so intense it’s almost funny, as was the case for panic-struck George on an episode of TV’s Seinfeld.

But now there’s a solution for every man carrying one of those condoms in his wallet for so long it makes a circular imprint on the outside leather.

The answer is a condom for women.

A new report on female condoms predicts the market for the rubber device is soaring, with an anticipated worldwide compound annual growth rate of almost 16 percent through 2022.

The female condom is a barrier-type contraceptive, which is designed to give more control to women in the family planning, according to a study of the industry by industrial research firm

“It is usually made of polyurethane or nitrile and is pre-lubricated on the outside. The introduction of (the) female condom has created a new segment in the global condom market. Although the adoption of these condoms is still in the nascent stage, the market offers a significant scope for the growth.”

The report is “Global Female Condom Market – Strategic Assessment and Forecast 2017-2022.”
It concludes that the female condom “is perceived to be health-friendly among the female population as they do not have any influence on natural hormones and have no side-effects on health, unlike pills and injection shots.”

Demand for female condoms is expected to increase, especially in developing countries as it provides a measure of contraceptive control to women not otherwise available. As female condom use increases, prices for the devices should decrease.

At the same time, due to popularity and increasing sales, some prices will increase as firms launch “premium female condoms with sophisticated packaging and design catering to the luxury segment of the society.”

Increasing HIV cases is a global issue, and therefore the report states that “governments, organizations and institutions worldwide are working to reduce the prevalence of this disease by creating awareness among people. As the awareness about HIV is increasing, the demand for female condoms is expected to rise …”In addition, “increasing effectiveness of family planning mandates and birth control measures and implementing comprehensive sex education for active demographic segment such as teenagers are among the major market drivers.”

Despite the popularity of the female condom, report writers warned that the devices aren’t always available everywhere, nor are they affordable in some developing nations. Nevertheless, Europe, Africa and the Middle East were the “largest contributing areas to the global female condom market.”

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