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Gynecologist creates 'world's first unisex condom' with adhesive covering for extra safety – USA TODAY

A Malaysian gynecologist says he has created the world’s first unisex condom that can be used internally and externally.

“Wondaleaf may be the ideal contraception that can revolutionize sexual and reproduction health,” said Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, former president of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, according to the Wondaleaf website.

The Wondaleaf Unisex Condom is made out of Polyurethane – a medical-grade material that can be found in medical gloves or dressings for wounds and injuries – and is 0.03 millimeters thick.

“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,” said John Tang Ing Chinh, Wondaleaf Unisex Condom inventor, according to Reuters.

“Once you put it on, you often don’t realize that it’s there.”

Because the condom covers the entire pubic area, Wondaleaf says, its much safer than other contraceptives at preventing STDs and pregnancy, but the company doesn’t include how effective it is on its website.

USA TODAY has reached out to Wondaleaf for comment. 

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The one-size-fits-all condom is an alternative contraception method for those with latex allergies. Although it is available only in Malaysia, the site says it is working to meet standards in other countries to make the condom widely available.

“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 told Reuters.

Globally, female sterilization and condoms are the most widely used and effective contraceptives, according to data from the United Nations. Condoms are the only contraceptive that can prevent both a pregnancy and the transmission of sexually transmitted infections, according to the World Health Organization.

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Follow reporter Asha Gilbert @Coastalasha. Email: agilbert@usatoday.com.

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