‘Bikini Condom’ contraceptive for women

Made in United States, North and Central America, 1993.

In the early 1990s, with the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the increase, three brands of female condom were introduced to the USA market: the ‘Bikini Condom’, ‘Women’s Choice’ and ‘Reality’. Called ‘vaginal pouches’ by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) they worked as both a birth control device and as a barrier to disease.

Manufacturers and health workers claim that the main advantage of female condoms is that they give women control over contraception and the prevention of sexually transmitted...


The 'Bikini Condom' is a barrier contraceptive and disease prevention device, designed to line the vagina during sexual intercourse. This particular kind of device is called a 'female condom' or a 'vaginal pouch'. Manufactured all in one piece from thin, cream-coloured latex, the 'Bikini Condom' consists of a belt, which fits around the hips, attached to a pouch-like tube, which is inverted to fit inside the vagina. It has been described as looking like a G-string panty with a condom pouch.

This example of the 'Bikini Condom' comes complete with its outer packaging, a pink-coloured box which would have originally held two of the condoms in individual wrapping.


According to the packaging, the Bikini Condom was manufactured by International Prophylactics Inc., Princeton, New Jersey, USA.


Gift of Dr Edith Weisberg, 2005
16 November, 2005

Cite this Object

'Bikini Condom' contraceptive for women 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 18 November 2017, <https://ma.as/354618>
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This object is currently on display in Recollect: Health & Medicine at the Powerhouse Museum.
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