Did you know that you cannot buy a female condom on Amazon? Even better, did you know you can buy hundreds of different condoms for males? Do you feel that is as unfair as we do?
It’s definitely not a new problem.
Condoms have been sold on Amazon for years. They come in a myriad of shapes, sizes and types. The Female Condom, known as the FC2 has been on the market globally for more than 30 years.
I could do a separate story for the reason of the name but will spare you the regulatory details of how the countries’ health authorities approve specific medical devices. However, I can share with you that the manufacturer of the FC2 is doing much research and looking at the options of broadening its appeal to more people.
Why you want a Female condom.
Among the advantages of female condoms is the empowerment the FC2 provides to women by offering them more control in intimate sexual situations. The FC2 is made of a nitrile material so that it is suitable to use for those with latex allergies.
There are many pros versus cons to the Female Condoms. The FC2 is inserted into the vagina, and can be done hours before having sex. In some cultures, this is beneficial in that it still allows a man to feel as if he is going ‘bareback’.
To give you some perspective on the background of the FC2, let us start with the puzzling method of how and where to buy Female condoms.
Why are female condoms so hard to find?
For prevention purposes, most countries understand the need to have a vast array of sexual wellness products available in Public Health and Educational facilities. In Canada, distribution is also done through Public Health, Educational Institutions, and only limited retail stores.
In the USA medical doctors can simply write a prescription for FC2 usage. Unlike the USA, and other leading countries, prescriptions are not a standard practise here in Canada, and do not complement our medical system.
Why can’t I just buy them where I buy other items online?
As consumers, we buy so many goods today on the online giant retailer, Amazon. It’s become a popular choice, especially with youth and young adults for a variety of reasons, but namely speed of access and choice.
For young adults, it is increasingly popular to purchase sexual wellness products, be it condoms, personal lubricant, dams and female condoms on-line as many purchasers value the “discreet” shopping experience.
You will most likely agree that it is much more comfortable to buy personal items on Amazon, rather than bumping into a family member or friend at a drug store, especially buying condoms.
Is there a demand for sexual wellness products online?
Amazon sells just about everything, in all languages, to all ages. Well, maybe not. For some reason, I can’t seem to buy the Female Condom on Amazon, yet I can purchase a myriad of sex toys.
We’re talking about items that must be inserted vaginally (just like a female condom) including:
- manual massage rods
- five speed massage wands
- 10.5 inch training dildos (clearly the 10” and 11” aren’t for training)
- vaginal insertive balls for beginners
- vaginal insertive balls for the experienced (good to know there’s a difference)
- butt plugs
- lube and oils
- male condoms
Its pretty obvious that there is no logical reason that female condoms aren’t available.
Classified…maybe it’s top secret now?
Why can’t I buy a Female Condom on Amazon, when I can buy all kinds of condoms and a number of unique sex toys on the platform? After years of selling the FC2 on Amazon, the mammoth company pulled it because they had determined that it was a Class III medical device.
Most people wouldn’t have a clue what a Class III medical device is, or why it would make a difference if the device is licensed appropriately. Why would it matter to Amazon? Apparently hidden in some fine print they have decided they don’t want the liability associated with a Class III product.
Unlike the FDA in the USA, Health Canada has categorized the FC2 as a high risk device. In the US the FC2 is a Class II device. It’s almost impossible to clarify why this Class has been placed on an FC2, when male condoms are classified as a lower risk, at a Class II.
But don’t worry, you don’t need Amazon to get your ‘dam’ product!
Fortunately, if you are shopping for an FC2, you’re in luck. Included in Pamco’s full product offering, you’ll be able to purchase the FC2 from our company on-line store, Pamco Distributing Inc. Pamco carries a variety of products on-line in its Retail Shop; the ONE Night Light, Glow in the Dark condoms, the ONE Mixed Pleasure condoms, the ONE Super Stud and Super Sensitive condom, the ONE Tattoo Touch condoms, the ONE condom and OASIS personal lubricant pouch the FC2 and Dams used as Oral Barriers.
Pamco’s got you covered with line of sexual wellness products! Check us out!