A beauty trend involving female condoms is on the rise in Free State

By Drum Digital
08 September 2015

Young women in Botshabelo have reportedly found a beauty use for female condoms.

When other young people visit the clinic to get female condoms to protect themselves against sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies, young women in Botshabelo are reportedly using them for beauty purposes.

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Daily Sun reported that the young women throw away the rubber latex and keep the sponge found in the condom. According to femalecondom4all.org, the sponge is meant to keep the condom in place.

“The sponge is a quality product,” Sandile Mkhebe told the People’s Paper.

Sandile said that after her friend introduced her to the beauty trend, she has not looked back since and has been on it for about six months.

“I see myself getting more beautiful,” she said.

Sandile and other young women exchanged the normal compacts used to apply makeup for the condom sponge.

Besides claiming that the sponge makes her beautiful, Sandile says it’s a great money saver.

“I will never give up using it; it saves me a lot of money,” she said.

A nursing sister at a nearby clinic was disgusted to learn of the beauty fad.

“The sponge’s job is to protect the punani from hurting during sex. We see many women with sexually transmitted infections but they don’t want to use the condoms,” she told the newspaper.

Free State health spokesman Tebogo Oepeng condemned the act saying that “the department spends lot of money to make sure that women are protected and healthy. We condemn the use of the female condoms in this way.”

“The department will not let the matter rest. We are going to conduct our own investigations,” she said.

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