The Chicago-based Female Health Company, Inc. recently introduced a new female condom that is easier to use, less expensive and more user-friendly than the previous version, according to the Associated Press. The newer version of the female condom resembles the older one but is softer and the outer rings are made from synthetic rubber rather than polyurethane, making it cheaper to produce. In fact, health advocates are hoping that the changes will improve the AIDS epidemic around the world.—JW