Models are posing for pictures now, covering their vaginal area with glitter. Therefore millions of women are looking to do the same thing themselves. But gynecologist Dr Jen Gunter is sounding the alarm over what she said is a dangerous practice. She warns that using the glitter-bomb can lead to serious infections and because the ingredients include a large amount of sugar, it makes your vagina an incubator for bacteria.
An online retailer, Pretty Woman Inc, is selling ‘Passion Dust intimacy capsules’ filled with candy-scented glitter.
The product description on the website says: ‘It is a small capsule that you insert into your vagina and allow it to naturally dissolve and release it’s contents’ – with a disclaimer to users that it does not cause any magical or supernatural sensations.
According to the site they sold out of their stock in a matter of days.
Dr Jen Gunter, a leading doctor based in Canada, warns this unusual concept is guaranteed to lead to a dangerous infection.
By throwing off the delicate balance of your vagina’s bacteria, it could also increase your risk of catching a sexually-transmitted disease, she warns.
‘Just because something is safe for your lips, for example glitter lip gloss, doesn’t mean it is safe for the vagina,’ Dr Gunter warns readers on her blog.
Dr Gunter warns there is, to date, no known way of making a vagina-friendly glitter.
The website says Passion Dust is made of gelatin capsules, starch based edible glitter, acacia (gum arabic) powder, Zea Mays starch, and vegetable stearate.
Dr Gunter warns this could cause a nasty inflammatory vaginal discharge and/or an inflammatory mass in the vaginal wall.
Most importantly, edible glitter contains sugar.
‘Depositing sugar in the vagina lets the bad bacteria go wild,’ she writes.
WHY VAGINAS ARE CALLED ‘SELF-CLEANING OVENS’
Compared with those of other mammals, the human vagina is unique.
As warm, moist canals exposed to all sorts of things including penises, babies and dirt, most mammalian vaginas harbor a diverse mix of bacteria.
However, for many women, one or another species of Lactobacillus has become the dominant bacterial resident.
WHAT VAGINAL BACTERIA DO?
Lactobacillus bacteria pump out lactic acid, which keeps the vaginal environment at a low, acidic pH that kills or discourages other bacteria, yeast and viruses from thriving.
There are even hints that certain Lactobacillus species reinforce the mucus in the vagina that acts as a natural barrier to invaders.