In the latest, ‘Goddess Vaginal Detox Pearl’ promises to help cleanse women’s wombs of their past sexual partners. It is amusing how such products find their way to consumers and how many women end up endorsing and using them. One wonders what draws women to cleanses like this one? Is it the deep-seated notion of being impure when touched by a man? Or desperation to rid yourselves of any and everything related to your ex, even the uterine lining? Or is it misinformation and lack of knowledge that our uterus is a self-cleansing organ, which “purges” itself every month on its own?

SOME TAKEAWAYS

  • Goddess Vaginal Detox Pearl promises to help cleanse women’s wombs of their past sexual partners.
  • These stylised products are aimed at the urban women in pursuit of a holistic lifestyle, who can afford them.
  • Vagina and uterus are extremely sensitive parts of our body. Not only should we think twice before inserting anything in them, we should also consult trained professionals.
  • The popularity of such products speaks a lot about our lack of understanding of how our lifestyle affects our health.

Ladies, we seriously need to talk about putting stuff in our uterus, in order to cleanse them. What’s with this obsession to “purify” your reproductive organs? This isn’t the first product in the market which promises to cleanse your privates. Remember Goop’s vaginal jade and rose quartz eggs? These stylised products cater to urban women in pursuit of a holistic lifestyle, who can afford them. (A packet containing two pearls costs $33, as per the website.) They use words like inner goddess, detox, release negative energy and lifestyle to reel them in. But vagina and uterus are extremely sensitive parts of our body.

Not only should we think twice before inserting anything in them, we should also consult trained professionals.

According to Patheos, a website which talks about religion and spirituality, the product uses a combination of herbs and supplements wrapped into a tiny ball. Women are encouraged to shove the pearl up their vagina and pray away their ex’s bad energy. The article also quotes Goddess CEO Vanessa White from a promotional video, saying that anytime a woman has sex with a man, he leaves an imprint on her ‘uterus area’. The product website on the other hand, promises “not only a physical detox, but also a spiritual and emotional one.” And gaining a “stronger connection to your womb area.” As if period cramps every month weren’t enough to do that.

Products like these, despite being natural can have side effects. In fact, Goddess Vaginal Detox Pearl’s website admits that detoxing can be very uncomfortable for many women. Use of these vaginal pearls may cause itchiness, watery discharge, foul odour, mild cramping during the process. Some women may even get a yeast infection. This is certainly not a risk worth taking to merely cleanse your uterus of your ex’s negative energy, something which might be stuck in your head, rather than your uterus.

In recent times, we have seen a massive rise in herbal or “natural” products which promise uterine and vaginal health to women. Perhaps the onslaught is triggered by a rise in gynaecological problems among women, due to lifestyle. However, when it comes to health, especially of your intimate body parts, isn’t it better to stick to professional assistance rather than taking matters into one’s own hand? Especially, if you are not equipped to take care of any ensuing side effects, etc?

No amount of fancy packaging and “holistic” language used to sell you such products can cover up the big risk these products come with.

The popularity of such products speaks a lot about our lack of understanding of how our lifestyle affects our health. How we would rather elect “holistic” cures than course correcting the way we live. All that negative energy that you so want to get rid off, how did it accumulate? Why are we so filled with toxicity today, that it creates an imbalance in our lives and affects our health. We need to invest on finding answers to these questions, instead of buying vaginal pearls and jade eggs.

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Yamini Pustake Bhalerao is a writer with the SheThePeople team, in the Opinions section.  The views expressed are the author’s own.

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