Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you A MAN’S OPINION…
The inspiration of this blog post is a tweet by Phroetiq this morning. Here are the pictures she shared.
The link to this product’s website is here.
So it is “a natural combination of amino acids and oil in a lipstick applicator that is applied to the lips downunder during the period”.
It’s supposed to seal your lips together and keep the blood in.
I will start by saying I do agree with this man on one thing. Pads are gross, and he is calling them diapers because that’s what they essentially are. They are not comfortable and restrict what activities can be done during the period. We would all love a management option that is comfortable and causes minimal disruption to our everyday life.
Now a little bit about myself: Pads were my first form of period management. I only used them exclusively for my first 2 periods. After that, tampons came into the picture (thanks to mum who took me shopping).I kept pads as backup but used tampons exclusively through most of high-school and university. I said bye to tampons and hello to menstrual cups mid-2016.
Now to answer his question as to why us women ourselves have not come up with something this ingenious.
1. Nobody wants chemicals in or near their vagina.
2. We innovate according to our own preferences, which is why we are now seeing various versions of menstrual cups and period panties coming onto the market.
3. Some women may not want to completely ignore the blood, which is what this product proposes to do.
I don’t believe that periods themselves were sent by the devil. Cramps maybe, but not the blood.
I’m not sure if this man has any idea how delicate or sensitive the skin of the vulva is.
Lets assume this glue of his is successful is sealing my vagina. Any substance strong enough to glue my lips together could cause some severe tears if I make a wrong move. He claims urine will unstick the lips. What about other fluids like the blood itself, vaginal discharge, sweat and saliva. How intelligent is this glue of his? All these fluids have different chemical properties. Will his glue resist them all except for urine? What is the maximum length of time for the glue to be in place?
This also sounds eerily familiar to the “meninist” who proposed we all just hold our blood in and release it when we pee. See links here and here.
But it turns out that this guy wasn’t crazy. I did read somewhere that women can be trained to clench their cervix and keep the blood in the uterus and then relax it to release the blood when needed. Apparently we have just recently lost this ability to “free bleed”. I was in shock when I read this. When I do find the article I will include the link somewhere here.
I applaud this man’s innovation but not his condescending tone. I still do not see how this method of plugging blood inside the vagina is any better than using tampons or menstrual cups.
Let me know what y’all think about this.