Gynaecologist invents world’s first ‘unisex condom’

epa09550809 An undated handout photo made available by Twin Catalyst shows founder and inventor of Wondaleaf Unisex Condom John Tang Ing Ching (C) inspects the unisex condom at the factory in Sibu, Malaysia (issued 28 October 2021). The Wondaleaf Unisex was developped by a Malaysian gynaecologist and becomes a condom for males when the adhesive is on the outside, and for females when flipped inside out. EPA/TWIN CATALYST / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
Inventor of Wondaleaf Unisex Condom, John Tang Ing Chinh inspects his product at the factory in Sibu, Malaysia (Credits: EPA)

A Malaysian gynaecologist has created what he says is the world’s first unisex condom.

He suggests it can be worn by females or males and is made from a medical grade material usually used as a dressing for injuries and wounds.

Its inventor hopes the ‘Wondaleaf Unisex Condom’ 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,’ said John Tang Ing Chinh, a gynaecologist at medical supplies firm Twin Catalyst.

‘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.

epa09550807 An undated handout photo made available by Twin Catalyst shows the Wondaleaf Unisex Condom at the factory in Sibu, Malaysia (issued 28 October 2021). The Wondaleaf Unisex was developped by a Malaysian gynaecologist and becomes a condom for males when the adhesive is on the outside, and for females when flipped inside out. EPA/TWIN CATALYST / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
The Wondaleaf Unisex becomes a condom for males when the adhesive is on the outside, and for females when flipped inside out. (Credits: EPA)

The adhesive is only applied to one side of the condom, he added, meaning it can be reversed and used by either sex.

Each box of Wondaleaf contains two condoms, and will cost 14.99 ringgit (£2.63). The average price for a dozen condoms in Malaysia is 20-40 ringgit (£3.50 – £7.02).

Tang makes the condoms using polyurethane, a material used in transparent wound dressings that 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.

Tang said the Wondaleaf had gone through several rounds of clinical research and testing and would be available commercially via the firm’s website this December.

epa09550805 An undated handout photo made available by Twin Catalyst shows a staff holding the Wondaleaf Unisex Condom at the factory in Sibu, Malaysia (issued 28 October 2021). The Wondaleaf Unisex was developped by a Malaysian gynaecologist and becomes a condom for males when the adhesive is on the outside, and for females when flipped inside out. EPA/TWIN CATALYST / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
A pack of two costs £2.63 (Credits: EPA)

‘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.

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