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Doctor's warning: 'Don't glitter bomb your vagina'

Alys Gagnon |


A gynaecologist has taken to the internet to warn women against placing glitter bombs into the vagina. WARNING: this post contains an image that some may find offensive.

 

A US based gynaecologist, Dr Jennifer Gunter, has written a blog post to specifically warn women against using glitter bombs in their vagina.

“Lots of people love glitter,” Dr Gunter writes. “While cosmetic grade glitter seems safe enough for a variety of makeup applications some enterprising person who goes by Madam.Butterflie on Instagram is packaging it up as vaginal ‘Passion Dust‘.

“Because it is 2017 and this is where we are.”

 

 

Wait. What exactly is Passion Dust?

Well, I can’t exactly say that I’m glad you asked. But sure, I’m glad you asked.

Passion Dust is an “adult novelty item”, according to the FAQs on the Madam Butterflie website.

“It is a small capsule that you insert into your vagina and allow it to naturally dissolve and release it’s contents.”

It’s not a lubricant or oil of any kind, the site states. But rather, it’s 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”.

In an Instagram post in March, the team behind Madam Butterflie stated that the glitter bombs “feel like magic, taste like sugar and sparkle like a holiday”.

 

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Okay. And what’s the problem with it?

Well, there are at least two.

Medically speaking, Dr Gunter says that without a proper ingredient listing (there is one, but it doesn’t use the International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient labelling system), it’s very hard to be sure that the glitter bombs are safe as well as to provide specific advice about why you want to avoid using it.

She offers up a couple of options.

If it’s edible glitter, which is effectively sugar, “depositing sugar in the vagina lets the bad bacteria go wild. Studies looking at treating bacterial vaginosis with vaginally administered probiotics were halted because the glucose keeping the probiotics alive made the bad bacteria go wild.”

If the glitter is teeny tiny particles of plastic, it may not be sterile and could play havoc with the vagina. “I’ve seen a nasty inflammatory vaginal discharge from sand so this could be a similar set up.”

Dr Gunter says she can’t say how the product will affect the natural pH balance in the vagina, that there’s no guarantee the product doesn’t include any irritants (and she uses the phrase “vaginal sunburn” here - YIKES) or that it won’t increase the risk of getting an STI.

Socially speaking, the idea that a vagina needs to be turned into some sort of unicorn cupcake to enhance the sexual experience is, well, you know, pretty offensive.

 

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“The flavor is sweet like candy but not overly sweet,” the Madam Butterflie website reads. “Just enough to make your lover feel that your Yara (water-lady or little butterfly) is what all vaginas are supposed to look, feel and taste like; soft, sweet and magical!”

Call me old fashioned but my vagina should not look, feel or taste like a My Little Pony threw up in my undies, and no one should ever feel like they have to change their genitals in any way in order to make their lover feel anything.