Try feminine. If you are surprised to see him, you'd be thrilled to use the title of the new campaign promoting condoms to women who had on 28 March, the Ministry of Health, Social Policy and Equality and the General Council of Colleges of Pharmacy.

"The condom is a step towards autonomy and decision making specific to women about their sexual and reproductive health," said Carmen Amela, Director General of Public Health and Foreign Health at the launch of the campaign to promote female condom.

The spread of the campaign will run through pharmacies, of which 43,000 have been distributed posters and 216,000 pamphlets. Pharmacists will have the basic information to introduce the condom in a positive way and promote acceptance among the female audience.

"Although this contraception may cause an initial sensation of discomfort that inhibits the will to try it, it is essential to make a call to society to be launched to use it," stressed Amela.

The female condom, "useful for all women and their partners," said Tomás Hernández, secretary of the National AIDS Plan will help to prevent STIs, including HIV and unwanted pregnancies. In addition, women will give more autonomy to control their fertility and sexuality.

Among its special features include its nitrile-based manufacturing (which benefits people who are allergic to latex), its resistance compared to the male condom, and its high lubricity (which may be a solution for some women).

Female condoms for one euro

Women are twice as likely as men to contract HIV by unprotected sexual intercourse: the fragility of the vaginal mucosa facilitates the transmission of infection through semen. The risk of infection increases if the woman has an STI, as many of them are asymptomatic.

To facilitate women's access to condoms, it will be available in pharmacies at a reduced cost of one euro to 2.50 euro unit and the package of three units for six months. In 2010, it sold a total of 230,000 female condoms.