Contraceptives range from birth control pills to IUD implants and even a patch – but now there’s one more to add to the list.
Usher in the world’s first unisex condom, created by a Malaysian gynaecologist, made from a medical grade material usually used as a dressing for injuries and wounds.
Medical supplies firm, Twin Catalyst’s gynaecologist, John Tang Ing Chinh hopes that his invention will empower people to take better control of their sexual health regardless of their sex or sexual orientation.
“It’s basically a regular condom with an adhesive covering,” says John.
“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.”
The adhesive is only applied to one side of the condom, he added, meaning it can be reversed and used by either sex.
The unisex condom is made out of polyurethane, which is a material used in transparent wound dressings that is thin and flexible yet strong and waterproof.
Each box of Wondaleaf contains two condoms, and will cost RM14.99. The average price for a dozen condoms in Malaysia is RM20-40 ringgit.
Wondaleaf had gone through several rounds of clinical research and testing and would be available commercially via the firm’s website this December.
“Once you put it on, you often don’t realise that it’s there,” said the Sarawakian gynaecologist, referring to dressings made from the material.
“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.”
Could this eventually be the new norm? Either way, JUICE congratulates John Tang on his pioneering feat!