A Malaysian gynaecologist has created what is thought to be the world’s first-ever unisex condom: the ’Wondaleaf’. Made from a medical grade material usually used as a dressing for injuries, the condom features an adhesive to attach to either a vagina or penis.
The adhesive is applied to one side of the condom, meaning that it can be reversed and used by both genitalia. The polyurethane material, which features in transparent wound dressings, is thin and flexible but strong and waterproof, and feels comfortable on the skin, according to medical supplies firm Twin Catalyst.
Inventor John Tang Ing Chinh said that “once you put it on, you often don’t realise that it’s there”. He hopes the invention will improve sexual health in his home country of Malaysia.
“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.
Each Wondaleaf box contains two condoms which will cost 14.99 ringgit (approximately £2.62), as well as two sachets of water-based lubricant.