WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Malaysian gynecologist Dr. John Tang Ing Chinh has created the world’s first unisex condom made from medical grade polyurethane.
- The Wondaleaf Unisex Condom was designed to allow people to practice safe sex regardless of their sexual orientation.
- Since the contraceptive covers the entire pubic area, it is supposedly safer at preventing pregnancy and STI transmittions.
A Malaysian gynecologist claims to have created the world’s first unisex condom that will soon be made available at just £1.30.
Dr. John Tang Ing Chinh said that the Wondaleaf Unisex Condom will allow people to practice safer sex regardless of their sexual orientation.
The contraceptive is made from ultrathin medical grade polyurethane, a flexible material used in wound dressings and surgical gloves. The material makes it safe for people with latex allergies. And despite being only 0.03mm-thick, it is sturdier than traditional latex, reducing the risk of the condom breaking.
According to Wondaleaf’s instructional videos, the contraceptive contains an adhesive that covers a wider area, preventing accidental spillage and lessening skin-to-skin contact. This makes it safer at preventing pregnancy and STI transmission.
While the video said that the adhesive does not hurt when peeled off slowly, it advised that shaving the pubic area might help.
Only one side of the condom has an adhesive, which means it can reversed and used by either sex.
For women, the adhesive can be attached to the entire area between the thighs to hold the condom in place. For men, the condom can be worn normally but the adhesive will make it more watertight and reduce the risk of it slipping off.
Dr. Tang said, “Once you put it on, you often don’t realize that it’s there. It’s basically a regular condom with an adhesive covering that attaches to the vagina or penis, as well as covering the adjacent area for extra protection.”
While the company has yet to provide data on the condom’s effectivity, Dr. Tang said that they have conducted several rounds of clinical research and testing.
“I am quite optimistic that given time it will be a meaningful addition to the many contraceptive methods used,” he said.
The product is currently only available in Malaysia. The company is still working to ensure it meets safety standards in other countries around the world, but it would be available commercially on the firm’s website starting this December.
Each box, costing around £2.62 ($3.62), contains two condoms and water-based lubricants. This is much cheaper than the average price for a dozen condoms in the UK, which ranges from £6.99 ($9.65) to £12.99 ($17.93).
Source: Daily Mail