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People Are Putting Glitter Capsules in Their Vaginas and This Doctor Is Concerned

However, there's a disturbing new product that may not be as safe as others, and it includes glitter.


By Rosemary Donahue, Allure

There are plenty of ways to add a little fun to your sex life. From Babadook-themed sex toys to breaking down all the myths about sex you've believed in the past to move toward a more informed future, there are plenty of things out there that are interesting, fun, AND safe. However, there's a disturbing new product that may not be as safe as others, and it includes glitter.
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A brand called Pretty Woman Inc is selling what they're calling "passion dust intimacy capsules," which are basically tiny capsules filled with flavored glitter. The capsules are meant to be inserted into the vagina before/during sexual activity, and well... here's what happens, according to the brand's site. "It's only purpose is to add a sparkle and flavor to your natural vaginal fluids to make the experience of lovemaking that much more fun and enjoyable for you and your partner. Your body's physical responses help to release the Passion Dust. Basically, the more excited you get physically the faster the capsule dissolves creating a sparkly, flavored orgasm." While they say the capsules are safe, they also acknowledge that any gynecologist would disagree, saying, "Any gynecologist would tell you that NOTHING should go in your vagina and nothing concerning the vaginal region comes without some possible risk."

[post_ads]Dr. Jen Gunter agrees, and wrote an entire blog post on the product and their safety claims. The post is titled "Don't Glitter Bomb Your Vagina," and in it, she writes, "Just because something is safe for your lips, for example glitter lip gloss, doesn't mean it is safe for the vagina." A salient point. She goes on to ask questions about the product's safety, writing, "Is it possible the goo might damage the good vaginal bacteria leading to infections as well as in increased risk of STIs? You bet. Given how tacky it looks it is unlikely an intimate lubricant (or a safe one anyway). What impact will this have on vaginal pH? Unknown." She also asks, "Might the little flakes of plastic produce vaginal wall granulomas ? (A granuloma is walled off inflammatory mass produced by tissue in response to a foreign body). They could." Vaginas may be self-cleaning and often stay fairly healthy on their own, but why tempt fate by sticking capsules of flavored glitter up there?

She goes beyond safety and talks about the sexist implications of the product, as well, saying, “The point of the vaginal glitter appears to be ‘for him,’ you know because a vagina au naturel just isn’t enough. I hate, hate, hate the messaging behind this (and all other vaginal “enhancement” products). Why do we have to shame women inside and out?” Good questions.

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