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GOMES, Vera Lúcia de Oliveira; FONSECA, Adriana Dora da; JUNDI, Maria da Graça  and  SEVERO, Tarsila Piveta. Heterosexual couples perception about the using of female condom. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2011, vol.15, n.1, pp.22-30. ISSN 1414-8145.

This descriptive exploratory, qualitative, research was aimed to know the perception of young heterosexual couples, relating to the use of female condoms and understand the factors that propitiate and make difficult its routine use. The data had been collected in October and November of 2007, through self-administered survey. The Discourse of the Collective Subject was used in the analysis. The age of the 26 informants vary from 20 to 27 years. It had been learned that they know the efficiency of this method, but they recognize the difficulty of women to the negotiation. As limitations to the use they express the low and the high cost. From the sexual relation protected by female condom emerged conflicting statements. Some focus on the discomfort, pain and grotesque appearance, others approach the practicality, reliability and pleasure, however they stress that the lack of familiarity and knowledge are factors that trigger many of the difficulties, evidencing the necessity of implement new strategies of health education.

Keywords : Women's Health; Health Education; Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

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