What does the ‘world’s first unisex condom’ look like?

Technology has certainly reached new heights, particularly in Malaysia, where a gynecologist has created what he says is the world’s first “unisex condom.”

This means that this contraceptive device can be used by both females and males.

Photo: Twin Catalyst handout via Reuters

The condom is made from polyurethane, a medical grade material more commonly used as dressing for injuries and wounds. It’s the perfect component, as it’s thin and flexible, yet strong and waterproof. Specifically, its thickness is only 0.04mm, as compared with the standard 0.07mm, which means it can provide better heat transfer and tactile sensation.

Dr. John Tang Ing Chinh, a gynaecologist at medical supplies firm Twin Catalyst and creator of the unisex condom, said, “Once you put it on, you often don’t realize that it’s there.”

“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 adhesive, according to him, is only applied to one side of the condom, allowing it to be reversed and become usable by either sex.

It’s also an affordable alternative, as one box of Wondaleaf (with two condoms) will cost RM14.99 ringgit, or P183.30. The average price for a dozen condoms in Malaysia is RM20-RM40, or P244-P489.

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Tang came up with the idea after growing tired of seeing unwanted pregnancies and abortions. He has high hopes for his invention, namely that it will help encourage individuals to take better care of their sexual health, regardless of their sex or sexual orientation.

As per Tang, the Wondaleaf condom has already gone through several rounds of clinical research and testing. Consumers can expect to buy the product on the firm’s website this coming 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,” Dr. Tang said.

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