CHICAGO, March 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Female Health Company (NASDAQ: FHCO) announced today that it has officially launched a free, interactive FC2 Online Training Program for health care providers. Since the U.S. introduction of the FC2 Female Condom® in 2009, the Company has conducted "in-person" trainings across the country to raise awareness of the FC2 Female Condom, the only FDA approved, female-initiated method to prevent both sexually transmitted infections (including HIV/AIDS) and unintended pregnancy.

Rebecca Bouck, the Company's U.S. Program Manager, noted that, "Training and education are key elements to increase product awareness and usage. Clinics country-wide want and need FC2 training for their staff, which is now conveniently available online."

The online training program has been proven to be an effective tool throughout a pre-launch trial period during which more than 300 participants were successfully trained. The online training program is intended to give "frontline" health care service providers immediate access to FC2 Female Condom training. The training course consists of five modules, which employ various effective training activities derived from the Company's years of educational training.

"Initially available in English, our online training will be adapted, as needed, for global audiences and translated into additional languages, most likely French, Portuguese and Spanish, for use throughout the world," adds Lucie van Mens, FHC's Director of Program Development and SUPPORT.

To access the FC2 Online Training Program and/or to learn more, please visit: .

About The Female Health Company

The Female Health Company, based in Chicago, Illinois, manufactures and markets the FC2 Female Condom® (FC2), which is available in the U.S. and in about 130 other countries globally. The Company owns certain worldwide rights to the FC2 Female Condom®, including patents that have been issued in the U.S., the European Union, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Japan, The People's Republic of China, Spain, Mexico, Greece, Turkey and the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), which includes Botswana, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. FC2 patent applications are pending in various countries. The FC2 Female Condom® is the only available FDA-approved product controlled by a woman that offers dual protection against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, and unintended pregnancy. The World Health Organization (WHO) has cleared FC2 for purchase by U.N. agencies.

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