But if both partners would be able to wear a condom, would they consider it as an alternative form of contraception?
According to Reuters, an obstetrician and gynecologist from Malaysia named John Tang Ing Ching has created a condom that can be used by both men and women. It's called the Wondaleaf Unisex Condom and it is made of polyurethane and has an adhesive covering that can attach to a penis or vagina.
Made for either the male or female to wear, this unisex condom has specific instructions on how to use it, depending on what body part you’ll use it on. Men can wear it like a usual condom, but with the added feature of an adhesive that can be stuck around their private parts, not just on the main organ.
Women wear it like a tampon and napkin in one — internally and externally. The condom goes inside your vagina, and there is an adhesive that you stick on the outside. According to their guide, this external covering protects you from slippage that could potentially cause accidental pregnancies.
Does it sound complicated? You can watch detailed but easy-to-follow instruction videos on the company’s website. Another feature that it boasts about is that it’s free size, something that other condoms don’t have.
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The condoms are made from a material called Polyurethane, which Wondaleaf says contains no taste or rubber smell, making it safe but effective to use, even for those with allergies to latex. When you purchase a unisex condom, it comes in a box packed with two pieces, plus two packs of lubricant to help things along, and a piece of gauze.
It seems as if there are more birth control options created for women rather than men, with condoms for women adding to the already long list of options. While having a lot of choices is empowering, it would also be a good idea for both you and your partner to talk about birth control.
It may be your body, but the decision to get pregnant or not is something both of you need to agree on. And when you agree on something, both of you—not just the one who has the chance to get pregnant—should take action.
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What do you think? Is a unisex condom something you would consider giving a shot?
A female inventor also came up with a contraceptive device for men! Read it here.