The latest weird vagina trend is...glitter. That’s right, apparently people are sticking little pills full of glitter in their vaginas.
There’s a product that exists in this world called Passion Dust. Passion Dust comes in glitter capsules that you’re supposed to stick up your vag. They then dissolve and your discharge gets sparkly. According to the website that sells them, prettywomaninc.com:
PASSION DUST is a sparkalized capsule that is inserted into the vagina at least 1 hour prior to having sexual intercourse. As the capsules becomes increasingly warmed and moistened by the natural vaginal fluids it will begin to dissolve releasing the sparkling, candy flavored PASSION DUST inside of the capsule.
The website also says:
PASSION DUST is not a liquid, lubricant or gel of any kind, It does not induce or create any physical sensations or physically alter your sexual performance. 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. Your passion makes it happen!
Passion Dust capsules do not come in different flavors or scents. The flavor is sweet like candy but not overly sweet, 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!
NOTE: You can insert a capsule any time you want to sparkle down-there and you can use them as often as you would like. It does not have to be just when you are having sex. Sometimes it is just fun to look at!. We recommend inserting right before you shower. The heat from the shower will assist in dissolving the capsule.
Hopefully we don’t need to tell you this but...please don’t put glitter in your vag.
Gizmodo writes that the Passion Dust is made from gelatin, starch-based edible glitter, acacia powder, Zea Mays starch and vegetable sterate. OB/GYNs from all over the internet are telling you not to use them. Dr. Jen Gunter details just a few things that could go wrong:
Could the plastic be a nidus for bacteria? Sure. I’ve seen a nasty inflammatory vaginal discharge from sand so this could be a similar set up.
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.
If it isn’t plastic and it’s sugar, well, 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.
Could the vehicle be an irritant and cause a vaginal contact dermatitis? Yes and ouch. Think vaginal sunburn!
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.
VICE did some background research and found that despite its sketchy-looking Facebook page and website, Passion Dust does exist, and at least one person has successfully purchased it. The website and Facebook page are both registered to someone called Lola-Butterflie Von-Kerius, and are also connected with a website called Locash Resources, which sells fake legal documents. Hmm.
Here is a short list of things that you should put in your vag:
1. Your fingers or a sex partner’s fingers
2. A sex partner’s penis, if you're into that
3. Sex toys
4. Tampons or a menstrual cup
That’s about it!
Please don’t stick glitter up your vagina. I promise you it’s magical enough as it is.
This post was published July 6, 2017
Top photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Judy van der Velden
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