- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 6, 2017

Dr. Jen Gunter, the blogging gynecologist who warned women off of putting wasps nests in their vagina, is back with more sage advice: “Don’t glitter bomb your vagina.”

In a blog post on Tuesday, Dr. Gunter took issue with a Texas-based company selling a “novelty sex toy” of gel capsules filled with edible glitter. The capsules, when inserted into the vagina, are meant to dissolve and in turn release a sparkly discharge with a flavor that tastes like candy, according to the proprietor.

Called “Passion Dust,” the product was started by Lola-Butterflie Von-Kerius of Houston, Texas, the New York Post reported. A mother of three and suffering from a brain tumor, she told the newspaper that the brain tumor makes it difficult to keep a regular job and she started the Passion Dust line out of necessity but also a love of sparkly products.

“I saw a T-shirt that said, ‘I sweat glitter,’ and … I thought, I want to sweat glitter, too. What would be a safe way to glitter from the inside?” she told the Post.

“I mixed up a batch [of Passion Dust], placed it inside myself and forgot about it — until the next day, when I used the bathroom. I looked down and saw the sparkling everywhere,” she said.

The website, which said it sold out of the product on July 2, list the ingredients of the product as gelatin capsules, starch-based edible glitter, acacia (gum arabic) powder, Zea Mays starch, and vegetable stearate.

But for Dr. Gunter, the sugar aspects of the product leave the vagina open to bad bacteria build-up.

“Could the vehicle be an irritant and cause a vaginal contact dermatitis? Yes and ouch. Think vaginal sunburn!” she wrote on her website.

Possible negative side effects range from inducing granulomas — a walled off inflammatory mass created by the body’s response to a foreign body — to unknown reactions to the body’s pH.

Dr. Gunter made headlines in May after warning women against what seemed a no-brainer, putting wasps nests in the vagina.

While wasps nests are a catchy turn of phrase, the actual product is ground up oak galls. These small, circular balls of bark are created when breeding wasps inject their larvae into the bark of a tree. The larvae stimulate a reaction from the tree to secrete a chemical that creates the wooded mass.

The herbal remedy is purported to be used in Southeast Asia, with the oak galls collected and ground up for application. In May, Dr. Gunter pointed out negative aspects of applying ground-up oak galls after coming across an advertisement for a company selling oak galls on social media.

The purported benefits of applying the paste included tighting the inner walls of the vagina and healing an episiotomy — an incision to the vagina during childbirth — among others.

Yet it would do quite the opposite, Dr. Gunter argued, saying it would cause irritation, dry out the vagina, make sex painful and increase the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections.

Dr. Gunter has a disclaimer on her blog that her stories and writings are not a substitute for medical advice and that she highlights such cases as wasps nests and vagina glitter not because of their uniqueness, “but rather because they are all too common.”

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