Instagram brands are back at it again, selling harmful products to women and shaming us into thinking there’s something wrong with our anatomy.
The latest is My Sweet V, pills that promise to “give you a semi-fruity taste and a sensual smell, support optimal performance and desire in the bedroom.”
It’s supposedly 100% natural and is packed with good for you ingredients like pineapple, blueberry, wheatgrass, cinnamon, and banana.
Don’t you want to alter how your vagina tastes without knowing any of the side effects so that your partner is happy? Girl, bye.
Honestly, if your partner has ever made you feel bad about how your vagina tastes and smells, please, throw them in the trash.
The extremely problematic company has been around since 2017 but you wouldn’t know that by going on the website. It seriously looks like it was made in an hour.
The page states that the pills have not been approved by the FDA but that they are manufactured in FDA-approved GMP facilities (whatever that means). They also make a claim — which can’t be verified — that they’ve been featured in Glamour Magazine.
On top of that, the only review that is available is from someone named Timothy Beckett, who is supposedly a doctor. Again, this in no way can be verified.
Something is off about their Instagram page as well. There are only eighteen pictures, but they still managed to garner 48.6k followers. Oddly enough, practically every negative comment they’ve rightfully received has been deleted.
The pills, like feminine hygiene products, feed into a false narrative that if your vagina doesn’t smell like sunshine and rainbows, there’s something wrong with you. It’s a belief that bases our worth on what men find attractive.
The vagina naturally cleanses itself and has tons of healthy bacteria to protect it from invading bacteria that shouldn’t be there. Vaginal discharge is also totally normal and should either be clear or milky and have a slight smell. Doing anything out of the ordinary such as douching or using feminine hygiene products like Summer’s Eve can cause changes in the discharge and smell.
According to the NHS, douches, which flush water up into the vagina can, “disrupt the normal vaginal bacteria.” And heavily perfumed soaps and wipes will “affect the healthy balance of bacteria and pH levels in the vagina and cause irritation.” In other words, leave your vagina alone.
Jameela Jamil, who has become a champion in calling out harmful social media products took to Twitter to express her frustration.
“This is how dumb corporations and companies think women are. Would they ever sell gummies to men to make their sperm sweeter? This is pretty offensive/Absurd/Unnecessary. Do you see the pattern of making us self conscious, then selling us a “cure” for the problem they invented?”
To ensure that your vagina is healthy, get to your Ob-Gyn yearly, have a healthy balanced diet, and try to wear cotton underwear as much as you can. The only time you should ever be worried is if your vagina develops a fishy odor, is itchy or irritated, or if the discharge changes color to yellow, green or brown.
Women are stigmatized every single day about literally every little thing about our bodies in order to keep us in a never-ending cycle of self-consciousness. Enough is enough.
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Alysia Stevenson is a twenty-seven New York City transplant currently living in Florida with her boyfriend and three furbabies. When she’s not writing, you can find her watching beauty tutorials on Youtube or Parks and Rec for the millionth time.