There are seemingly endless ways to hack the vagina for cash. This week’s installment of vagina-cash-grab is a product called My Sweet V. The company claims their product can boost your libido and give your vagina a semi-fruity taste and a sensual smell.
You know, to empower women because nothing says I’m a woman, hear me roar more than, “Hey did you know your vagina could smell better? “If Glamour magazine really did endorse this they should be ashamed of themselves.
A vagina should smell like a vagina
If you partner with women then the smell of a normal, meaning “unenhanced” regular vagina, should be sensual to you. Anyone who says otherwise is doing the opposite of female empowerment. I see women every week who are embarrassed about their NORMAL vaginal odor because of what they read on some stupid wellness site or in some woman’s magazine or because some guy said, “You stink.” So it’s just super awesome that now we have products stepping in to pinch hit for the let-me-count-the-ways a woman could “improve” herself.
The Science Sucks
This is what the brains at My Sweet V have to say about their ingredients:
Vaginal discharge doesn’t change based on what fruit you eat or how much wheatgrass you choke down or if you eat cinnamon, it is controlled primarily by the good bacteria (lactobacilli). Vaginal discharge is made up of bacteria, epithelial cells, cervical mucus, and small contributions from Skene’s glands and transudate (fluid coming across the vaginal walls). A combination of spices and fruit extracts will not change the composition of these contributions. The main variable here is the lactobacilli, and things that change lactobacilli are changes odor.
It is simply an urban myth that food changes vaginal odor. When you eat pinaeapple or guava or whatever the food smell doesn’t get in your blood and travel to the vagina. Good food can of course helo cultivate good bacteria in the colon, which can be a source of vaginal bacteria but this takes time. Basically, eat a healthy, balanced diet.
As for the claim about pH? Just no. Vaginal pH is controlled by lactobacilli, the good bacteria. You aren’t feeding good bacteria with this dehydrated fruit and spice smoothie.
What about the libido claims?
Yeah, a big no on that too. There is nothing magical in the product that is going to divert blood to the genitals and cause engorgement.
I find this product highly offensive. There is the suggestion that if only your vagina could smell better than you’d catch a man and the way this product is supposed to work biological implausible. So no and no.
If you feel that you have a vaginal odor then you should be evaluated by a medical professional. You need a culture for yeast, a vaginal pH, a whiff test (actually smelling the secretions mixed with potassium hydroxide), and an evaluation of the discharge with a microscope. You may also need to be tested for trichomonas, gonorrhea and chlamydia depending on what is found and your risk factors.
The best way to keep your lactobacilli healthy is eat plenty of fiber, eat a balanced diet, use condoms if you have multiple sexual partners, dont smoke and if you have low estrogen (e.g. menopause) consider vaginal estrogen.
All My Sweet V will do for you is liberate you of $29.99 and the only thing that stinks here is cashing in on insecruities about odor.