Concerns rise among Lagos residents over the soaring prices of condoms, with some reporting increases of up to 200% compared to rates in 2023.
Gatekeepers News reports that the surge in prices raises fears of unsafe s*x practices and unintended pregnancies, prompting individuals to seek alternative methods or forego protection altogether.
According to NAN, some Lagos residents say access to affordable contraceptives is critical in ensuring the health of partners, protection from s*xually transmitted infections (STIs), and planning the desired pregnancy
Felix Atuche, a banker, argued that the increasing price of condoms made him resort to the withdrawal method, hoping it wouldn’t lead to pregnancy.
“We got married two months ago and my wife and I are currently undertaking our master’s degree. So for us, pregnancy has to wait for about two years,” the banker said.
“I usually use the Durex Fetherlite Elite condom because it heightens the feelings between partners, just like skin to skin.
“I used to buy the pack for N1,900 but now it goes for N2,500 to N3,500, depending on the pharmacy I buy from.
“The cost is getting unaffordable for me because of the number of packs I need.
“I resorted to the withdrawal method but my wife has been avoiding s*x with me because she’s scared of getting pregnant.”
Monisola Ajayi, a businesswoman, said she prioritised her s*xual health by ensuring she used female condoms during intercourse.
“A few years ago, I contracted STIs from my husband. I got treated and forgave him, but the incident left a scar on my heart,” she said.
“So, I always ensure I use a condom to protect myself. Female condoms are available but more expensive than the male condoms.
“Ten pieces of Fc2 vaginal condom go for over N4,200 now, before it was around N2,000. If I don’t have a condom, then no show for oga except he buys it for me. The hardship in the country is negatively affecting our s*xual health.”
Celestine Adesola, a youth corps member, was quoted as arguing that the rising cost of condoms is exposing many youths to unsafe s*x.
“Valentine’s is this week, and some parents would be shocked if they know the unimaginable and risky practices that their teens and youths want to indulge in for fun.”
Factors such as inflation, increased production costs, and fluctuations in foreign exchange rates are cited as contributors to the steep price hike, exacerbating challenges in accessing affordable contraceptives.