Being a woman is pretty scary sometimes, and a woman has to do what she has to do—even make female condoms with teeth just to defend herself from abusers.
South African Doctor Invents Female Condoms with ‘Teeth’ to Fight Rape
Dr. Sonnet Ehlers, a doctor from South Africa, invented female condoms with teeth to fight the growing rape cases in the world. The rubber contraceptives are referred to as Rape-Axe.
“If only I had teeth down there”—Dr. Ehlers recollected the exact words of a rape victim whom she remembered looking like a breathing dead body. As a 20-year-old medical analyst, she promised her that one day, she’ll find a way to help victims of sexual abuse. After 40 years of researches and tests, she finally fulfilled her promise.
The South African doctor has created female condoms designed with teeth-like barbs that attach to a man’s penis during vaginal penetration. Once it latches, the device can only be removed by a doctor while police authorities are on standby to make an arrest.
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The Rape-Axe will clasp even tighter if the perpetrator attempts to remove it, causing pain that will make urination and walking impossible to do. The device is made of safe chemicals to ensure the well-being of women, including her assailant.
Ideally, the female condoms can be worn anytime should a woman want to take extra precaution. Dr. Ehlers assures that the contraceptive device has been well-thought of. She even sought the advice of medical and engineering professionals to make it a foolproof device.
“I consulted engineers, gynecologists, and psychologists to help in the design and make sure it was safe,” she said.
Currently, 30,000 Rape-Axe female condoms are being distributed all around South African cities to initiate its worldwide trial use. After the beta launch, the condoms will be available for $1.99.
The launching of Rape-Axe is expected to curb South Africa’s dire rape statistics. According to Human Rights Watch, it has one of the highest rape case numbers in the world.
On top of that, the device also works as an effective contraception, which will prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases like human immuno virus (HIV).
“I believe something’s got to be done,” Dr. Ehler shared. “And this will make some men rethink before they assault a woman.”