Taiho Pharmaceutical Co. said Monday that it will begin marketing condoms for women, the first such product to be sold in Japan.
Taiho’s Myfemy, to hit stores today, will be the latest women’s contraceptive product to be available at drug stores throughout the nation, following an oral contraceptive released in September.
Myfemy is a lubricated polyurethane pouch that is inserted into the vagina before intercourse. A package of three goes for 800 yen.
While Japanese manufacturers had been reluctant to market them, the condoms have gone on sale in 24 other countries.
Myfemy is also effective protection against sexually transmitted diseases, Taiho said.