Gynecologists are warning against a bizarre new trend which sees women inserting glitter-filled capsules into their vaginas, concerned that it could have potentially dangerous side effects.
Essentially created to make your vagina look and taste better – because they’re clearly not fine just as they are – the manufacturer’s website says that the capsules “make your lover feel what all vaginas are supposed to look, feel and taste like: soft, sweet and magical!”
According to the site they sold out of the ‘Passion Dust intimacy capsules’ in a matter of days.
But, a growing number of gynecologists are warning that this bizarre new trend could actually lead to a dangerous infection.
“It’s drawing attention to a certain organ as if it’s not beautiful,” Jessica Shepherd, M.D., an assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology and Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology at The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, said.
While, it may sound cool to have a “sparkly, flavored orgasm,” that’s not really a thing. “What does that even mean?” Dr. Shepherd says. “Orgasms are not based on products that are put into the vagina—it’s a chemical response.”
Pretty Woman Inc., the manufacturer of the product, goes to serious lengths to swear that their vagina glitter is safe: “The vaginal fluid is a natural coating for the sparkles, so there is no worry of sharp edges to the woman’s vaginal walls or her partners external skin,” the website says.
“It’s still made of a substance that’s not natural to the vaginal orifice,” Dr. Shepherd says. Meaning, you could get some serious irritation on the inside of your vagina.
The company also claims that the ingredients used—gelatin capsules, starch based edible glitter, acacia (gum arabic) powder, Zea Mays starch, and vegetable stearate—are FDA-approved. But the FDA only states that these ingredients are approved to be eaten—not put in your vagina.
“This potentially could increase a woman’s risk of a bacterial infection and cause more vaginal discharge and irritation,” Dr. Shepherd says.
Now here’s an interesting study we’d like to see: Compare women’s use of vaginal glitter with level of education.