By Faith Nyasuguta
A gynaecologist in Malaysia has set up what he says is the globe’s maiden unisex condom to be worn by both females and males.
The condom is created from a medical grade material often used as a dressing for injuries and wounds.
Its inventor’s hope is that the Wondaleaf Unisex Condom will empower people to take better control of their sexual health despite their sex or sexual orientation.
“It’s basically a regular condom with an adhesive covering,” John Tang Ing Chinh, a gynaecologist at medical supplies firm Twin Catalyst said.John Tang Ing Chinh
“It’s a condom with an adhesive covering that attaches to the vagina or penis, as well as covering the adjacent area for extra protection,” Tang said.John Tang Ing Chinh
He added that the adhesive is only applied to one side of the condom, meaning it can be reversed and used by either sex.
A single box of Wondaleaf contains two condoms, and will cost $3.61. The average price for a dozen condoms in Malaysia is 20-40 ringgit (4.1480 ringgit = 1$).
The gynaecologist makes the condoms using polyurethane, a material often used in transparent wound dressings which is thin and flexible yet strong and waterproof.
“Once you put it on, you often don’t realise that it’s there,” he said, referring to dressings made from the material.John Tang Ing Chinh
Tang noted that the Wondaleaf had undergone several rounds of clinical research and testing and is expected to be available commercially via the firm’s website this December.
“Based on the number of clinical trials we have conducted, I am quite optimistic that given time it will be a meaningful addition to the many contraceptive methods used in the prevention of unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases,” Tang said.