Malaysian doctor creates world’s first unisex condom

Malaysia has come in the news for a rather unconventional, but nevertheless quite practical innovation: the world’s first unisex condom.

According to an October 28 report by Reuters, a gynaecologist in Sibu in the Malaysian state of Sarawak has brought to commercialisation what he calls the world’s first condom that can be worn by females and males alike due to its specific characteristics.

The unisex condom, whose development already caught attention by local media a few years ago but had no medical classification back then, is made from a medical grade material usually used as a fluid bandage for injuries and wounds and comes with an adhesive covering that attaches to both the vagina or penis, John Tang Ing Chinh, a gynaecologist at Malaysian medical supplies firm Twin Catalyst, said.

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

Better control of sexual health

Tang said he hopes that the innovative condom, which is marketed as Wondaleaf Unisex Condom, would “empower people to take better control of their sexual health regardless of their sex or sexual orientation.”

Each box of Wondaleaf contains two condoms and will cost 14.99 ringgit ($3.61). The average price for a dozen condoms in Malaysia is between 20 and 40 ringgit.

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 referred to clinical test runs.

Sales start in December

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.

“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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Malaysia has come in the news for a rather unconventional, but nevertheless quite practical innovation: the world’s first unisex condom. According to an October 28 report by Reuters, a gynaecologist in Sibu in the Malaysian state of Sarawak has brought to commercialisation what he calls the world’s first condom that can be worn by females and males alike due to its specific characteristics. The unisex condom, whose development already caught attention by local media a few years ago but had no medical classification back then, is made from a medical grade material usually used as a fluid bandage for injuries...

Malaysia has come in the news for a rather unconventional, but nevertheless quite practical innovation: the world’s first unisex condom.

According to an October 28 report by Reuters, a gynaecologist in Sibu in the Malaysian state of Sarawak has brought to commercialisation what he calls the world’s first condom that can be worn by females and males alike due to its specific characteristics.

The unisex condom, whose development already caught attention by local media a few years ago but had no medical classification back then, is made from a medical grade material usually used as a fluid bandage for injuries and wounds and comes with an adhesive covering that attaches to both the vagina or penis, John Tang Ing Chinh, a gynaecologist at Malaysian medical supplies firm Twin Catalyst, said.

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

Better control of sexual health

Tang said he hopes that the innovative condom, which is marketed as Wondaleaf Unisex Condom, would “empower people to take better control of their sexual health regardless of their sex or sexual orientation.”

Each box of Wondaleaf contains two condoms and will cost 14.99 ringgit ($3.61). The average price for a dozen condoms in Malaysia is between 20 and 40 ringgit.

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 referred to clinical test runs.

Sales start in December

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.

“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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