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'World's First Unisex Condom' Has Been Made

Hannah Van-de-Peer

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'World's First Unisex Condom' Has Been Made

Featured Image Credit: Credit: Unsplash/Deon Black

Let's face it, the idea of 'male and female' condoms is pretty outdated. The world of contraception can be scary for women - it's easy to feel overwhelmed among a sea of options like The Pill, The Coil and the barrier method.

In sex education, we learnt that there were condoms ('for the male'), which were non-threatening and easy to slip on. For us, we had femidoms. Scary-looking circular contraptions which we collectively decided we'd never touch.

Thankfully, it seems a gynaecologist from Malaysia has cut out the middle-man for us. The 'first unisex condom', it seems, has finally been invented.

Little research has been done on a male contraceptive beyond condoms (Credit: Unsplash)
Little research has been done on a male contraceptive beyond condoms (Credit: Unsplash)

John Tang Ing Chinh, the inventor of the Wondaleaf Unisex Condom, hopes that this new product will help people of all genders to take better care of their sexual health.

But what exactly is the difference? "It's basically a regular condom with an adhesive coating," John stated. "The adhesive coating 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, which means it can be flipped and used for either person.

It's easy to get lost in a sea of contraception options. (Credit:  Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition/Unsplash)
It's easy to get lost in a sea of contraception options. (Credit: Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition/Unsplash)

Each box of Wondaleaf contains two condoms. They cost 14.99 Malaysian ringgit - which is just £2.63. The average cost for a dozen condoms is around £3.50 to £7.

John makes the condoms from a medical material called Polyurethane. It can be found in waterproof transparent wound dressings and is known for its stretchy, flexible consistency.

According to the gynaecologist, "you often don't realise it's there", once you've put it on.

A lot of women are embarrassed about chatting about their sexual and reproductive health (Credit: Pexels/Sora Shimazaki)
A lot of women are embarrassed about chatting about their sexual and reproductive health (Credit: Pexels/Sora Shimazaki)

The condoms have gone through several rounds of clinical testing, and John confirmed they'll be commercially available from December on the Wondaleaf website.

The product has been endorsed by the Former President of the Royal College Of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Professor Sir Arulkumaran. He said, "Wondaleaf may be the ideal contraception that can revolutionise sexual and reproductive health".

Topics: Sex and Relationships, Life, News, Health

Hannah Van-de-Peer
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