An odd new trend that involves women sticking glitter-filled capsules into their lady parts as a sort of fashion statement has doctors concerned, and should maybe have us feeling the same way.
Online retailer Pretty Woman Inc. advertises the capsules on its website as a way of making the vagina look and taste better, The Independent reported.
“Passion Dust is a sparkalized capsule that is inserted into the vagina at least 1 hour prior to having sexual intercourse,” the ad says. “As the capsule becomes increasingly warmed and moistened by the natural vaginal fluids it will begin to dissolve releasing the sparkling, candy flavored PASSION DUST…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!”
But a number of gynecologists are lashing out at the bizarre practice, saying it could lead to dangerous infections in the vagina.
“The vagina contains a delicate balance of good bacteria which are there to protect it,” Dr. Vanessa Mackay said. “”If women place foreign objects inside their vagina, they risk disturbing this balance which may lead to infection, such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush, and inflammation.”
Others say the product has the potential to cause a reaction opposite of its intended effect. Obstetrician and gynecologist Shazia Malik argues that the capsules could end up being the ultimate mood killer, resulting in painful scratches to the vagina and/or an inflammatory discharge.
“Using a product like this so called passion dust might actually kill off any passion at all,” she said. “…The glitter capsules can cause tiny scratches to the vaginal mucosa during sex, allowing harmful bacteria to infect the vaginal walls. Even worse it’s possible that some glitter pieces may even migrate up through the cervix in to the womb lining and have exactly the same effects there This causes increased discharge and a painful inflamed vagina, which causes painful intercourse.”
For their part, Passion Dust retailers have placed a statement on their site urging consumers to ignore doctor’s warnings. In part, it says that gynecologists will always tell you that “nothing should go in your vagina,” and “If you’ve ever had vaginal issues you had them before you used Passion Dust…If you’ve ever had a yeast infection it wasn’t caused by glitter, it just happens sometimes.”
Believe whoever you want, but it’s probably best to get the women in your life to stop this glittery trend before its too late.