First it was women putting wasp nests into their vaginas. But just wait until you hear about the latest crazy nether trend: glitter capsules.
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Yes, that’s right. A company called Pretty Woman — which clearly saw a gap in the put-strange-things-in-your-vajayjay market — is selling Passion Dust, glitter-filled capsules to help women achieve “sparkly, flavored” orgasms.
These small capsules are supposed to naturally dissolve after being inserted into the vagina, releasing sparkles into your vaginal fluids to “make the experience of lovemaking that much more fun and enjoyable for you and your partner.”
Because who isn’t into glitter-infused bodily fluids, right? As for the taste, vagina glitter is only available in a “sweet like candy, but not overly sweet” flavor. They promise, “it will still be you, only sweet(er).”
The FDA-approved ingredients (it’s important to note that the product itself isn’t actually approved by the FDA) include gelatin (in the capsules themselves), starch-based edible glitter (made of nontoxic material that’s colored with pigment instead of dye), acacia powder, Zea Mays starch and vegetable stearate, all of which the company maintains are safe to insert into your vagina.
However, they also list several disclaimers, including a warning that “the small particles of glitter could trigger an attack for people who suffer from asthma if ingested during oral sex” and the (frankly hilarious) admission that “any gynecologist would tell you that NOTHING should go in your vagina!”
If you’re a tad bit skeptical about having tiny granules of glitter in your lady parts, rest assured that medical experts share your reservations.
In a blog titled “Don’t Glitter Bomb Your Vagina,” gynecologist Dr. Jen Gunter, who also openly criticized the jade egg trend spawned by Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop earlier this year, details several health-related reasons why you should refrain from this latest “unicorn ejaculate” fad.
According to Dr. Gunter, not only could the tiny plastic flakes spawn a bacterial infection, they could also irritate the region, causing vaginal contact dermatitis (which she likens to a vaginal sunburn), potentially disturb vaginal pH or harm good vaginal bacterial, increasing the risk of sexually transmitted infections. In addition to the possible health risks, she points out how damaging vaginal enhancement products are from a feminist standpoint.
“Vaginal injury and granulomas aside, the point of the vaginal glitter appears to be ‘for him,’ you know, because a vagina au naturel just isn’t enough,” she writes. “I hate, hate, hate the messaging behind this (and all other vaginal ‘enhancement’ products). Why do we have to shame women inside and out?”
Who would be crazy enough to glitter bomb her vagina, you might be asking yourself. Lots of people, according to the company, which claims it is all sold out of Passion Dust and have “over 7,000 subscribers waiting to place orders.”
Our advice? If you or your significant other is into glitter, stick to lip gloss and nail polish. You could save yourself a trip to the doctor’s office.
What Do YOU Think?
Would you try Passion Dust? Do you think products like this are safe? Have you ever inserted anything strange into your vagina?