This is what an actual doctor has to say about the new vagina lipstick glue
Just when we thought we’d seen it all in the world of menstrual hygiene, we were introduced to the wildest idea yet. Mensez Technologies has just revealed a new product called Feminine Lip-stick, and it’s an adhesive lipstick of sorts that’s meant to seal a woman’s labia in order to block the menstrual blood from escaping the vagina. We assure you this is not a joke. The creator has even received a patent for this new product.
In a controversial Facebook post, Mensez posted a bizarre blurb of information about this vagina lipstick. “Have you ever woke up with your lips stuck together?” it begins. “All you had to do was to wet your lips from the inside with saliva and they became unstuck.” Apparently, this is the “principal behind Mensez.”
From what we can gather from the website, this so-called lipstick is made with amino acids and oils, and it’s meant to be applied to your lips down under when you’re menstruating. “It causes them to stick together, strong enough to prevent leakage, that is until the user urinates. The urine instantly unsticks the labia and allows everything to wash out into the toilet,” the Facebook post explains.
If you’re feeling a little bit freaked out by the whole shtick, you’re not alone. People are very confused, including the experts.
HelloGiggles spoke with Alyssa Dweck, M.D., gynecologist in New York and author of The Complete A To Z For Your V: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Vagina. She was as, er, surprised to hear about this invention as we were.
Dr. Dweck applauds the creativity of the invention and reminds us that we can’t fully judge the product until it’s released and we can try it for ourselves. From what she does know so far about the lipstick, Dr. Dweck says it’s likely safe to use if you urinate often enough for the blood to be released regularly.
However, she’s concerned that it would result in quite a few accidents for women with a heavier flow. She also wonders what would happen to the women out there who don’t remove the hair from their genital area. She imagines the lipstick would “be very uncomfortable” if you’re not shaven or waxed clean. Ouch.
The most significant thing to think about, though, is the risk of blood backing up for too long in the body. “Blood is a really good bacterial medium,” she says, “So if blood is just in there for hours on end I would be concerned about the increased risk of infection.” Also, if enough blood builds up, you might experience cramps and general discomfort. That’s why it’s crucial to release the seal every couple hours, just like you would change your tampon on a regular schedule.
Dr. Dweck says if you want to try the product, “a small test area first would be wise.” That allows you to figure out if you have any sensitivities to the ingredients.
The person who created Mensez Feminine Lip-stick is a chiropractor from Kansas named Daniel Dopps. Our biggest question is: Does this man not know that urine comes from the urethra and not the vagina? Because that matters. How can we be sure that the urine will actually break the seal?!
Only time will tell whether this vagina lipstick will utterly fail or become popular enough for women to actually order the product and try it out for themselves. Whatever happens, we hope no one’s vagina has a negative experience if they do choose to try the lipstick.