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Doctors Want You To Think Twice Before Using 'Passion Dust' For Your Vagina

For one reason or another, a company is selling a dissolvable capsule that contains flavored glitter, which is designed to be inserted into your vagina an hour before sex.

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It's called "Passion Dust," and its manufacturers emphasize that the product "does not induce or create any physical sensations or physically alter your sexual performance." Rather, the "only purpose" of the glitter capsules is "to add a sparkle and flavor to your natural vaginal fluids."

That may be the product's only purpose, but medical experts are warning that the effects might not be limited to enhanced sexual passion.

Dr. Jen Gunter, a gynecologist who has weighed in on a variety of vaginal trends, wrote a blog post about Passion Dust on July 2.

Because the glittery goo contained in the gelatin capsule are sugar-based, that sugar could increase the production of bad bacteria in the vagina and lead to bacterial vaginosis, Gunter wrote. It could also "damage the good vaginal bacteria leading to infections" and put users at greater risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections, she explained in the post.

Another expert in gynecological health, Dr. Vanessa Mackay, concurred in a statement to The Independent:

"The vagina contains a delicate balance of good bacteria, which are there to protect it. 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."

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Pretty Woman Inc., the company that sells Passion Dust, didn't respond to a request for comment. But in an Q&A on the company's website, they did seem to push back against claims health professionals have made about their product. The site stated the following:

"Any gynecologist would tell you that NOTHING should go in your vagina! and nothing concerning the vaginal region comes without some possible risk. You shouldn't have sex without a condom and even latex can be hazardous if you happen to have an allergy, you shouldn't use tampons, douche, powders, perfumes, toys, lubes, lotions, oils and beware of dirty nails and fingers!...The point is; People have opinions and love to share them."

In a statement responding to "recent media scrutiny surrounding Passion Dust," released on Thursday, the company reiterated that the "contents of Passion Dust are not harmful but, medical professionals are obligated by their oath to advise women against the use of products such as Passion Dust or any product that introduces foreign bodies or objects into a woman's vagina."

The statement went on to explain: "We understand that, which is why at the end of the day it is a matter of choice for a woman. But we do not want women to fear trying Passion Dust. If you have pre-existing issues or a history of vaginal issues such as yeast infections or are just hyper sensitive then of course we do not advise you to use it."