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SIBU, MALAYSIA – John Tang Ing Chinh, a Malaysian gynaecologist, has created what he refers to as the world’s first unisex condom. A contraceptive made from a medical grade material that can be worn by either gender. Said material is usually used as a dressing for injuries but here, it has a whole new purpose.
He terms it as the Wondaleaf Unisex Condom and hopes that like regular condoms, it will be used to practice safe sex – except this time, females can wear it too.
“It’s basically a regular condom with an adhesive covering,” said Tang.
“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,” he added.
The polyurethane unisex condom is designed in such a way that there’s adhesive on one side, which means it can be reversed and used by the other gender. While one may wonder how it would feel like using a unisex condom as opposed to regular condoms, Tang describes it as “once you put it on, you often don’t realise that it’s there,” This is mainly because polyurethane is thin and flexible yet strong and waterproof.
According to Tang, the unisex condom has already gone through several rounds of clinical research and testing and is likely to be available for purchase through the firm’s website by December 2021.
“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.
Each box of Wondaleaf contains two condoms and is set to be priced at 14.99 ringgit (approx. SGD$4.87).