Ukraine - A Ukrainian scientist has invented a condom that plays music during sex, Korrespondent magazine reported on Wednesday.

Hryhory Chausovsky developed the birth-control device as a novelty and as an aid for more pleasurable love-making, he said.

A miniature loudspeaker and motion sensor implanted in the condom's upper cuff provides a range of musical tones during sex.

Music volume depends on intensity of love-making and tone varies based on the sexual position.

"(The condom's sound) is directly related to the emotional level of the users," he said.

The condom's main limitation, however, is primitive sound quality, similar to tones produced by first-generation cellphones. Testing has shown no danger of electric shock to users of the device, Chausovsky claimed.

Condoms and other birth-control devices are generally unpopular in Ukraine, a country suffering one of the highest HIV-infection rates in the world. Sex novelty items nevertheless have found a small but growing market in recent years among the country's small middle class. - Sapa-DPA