Women, the ads suggest, were having marital problems because of feminine hygiene issues and genital odors that repulsed their husbands, and thus, they needed to clean themselves using Lysol. To back up a little, Lysol brand antiseptic disinfectant first appeared on the scene in as a way to help end a cholera epidemic in Germany. In , ads touted it as an effective means to fight the flu virus during the influenza pandemic. Twelve years later, Lysol disinfectant liquid reached drug stores and hospitals, and in , the company released an aerosol spray version. But she was really to blame! She should have known better, for she was no stranger to feminine hygiene. It was just that she had been neglectful! In her book, Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America , historian Andrea Tone explains that feminine hygiene was a euphemism for contraception. Those early Lysol ads included negative references to odors or germs, which referred to sperm, Tone wrote.
W hich of the following should go nowhere near your vagina: a penis, a finger, a tampon or talcum powder? Talc consists mostly of the mineral silica. However, because silica and asbestos are often mined near each other, talc could be contaminated with asbestos. Deathly baby powder sounds like something Q would make for , but the idea that talc could be linked to cancer has been percolating for decades, although conclusions are still debated vigorously. Some studies have found a slightly increased risk; others have not. But it is likely to be a combination of many different inherited and environmental factors, rather than one cause such as talc. So, while assertions and evidence continue to be thrown around, here is another question: why is any woman putting talc inside her vagina or on her vulva?
“You ever get that not-at-all-necessary feeling down there?”
A douche is a device used to introduce a stream of water into the body for medical or hygienic reasons, or the stream of water itself. Douche usually refers to vaginal irrigation, the rinsing of the vagina , but it can also refer to the rinsing of any body cavity. A douche bag is a piece of equipment for douching—a bag for holding the fluid used in douching. To avoid transferring intestinal bacteria into the vagina, the same bag must not be used for an enema and a vaginal douche.
Business may be booming, but it stinks. Have you ever wondered why the vulva requires a multi-billion-dollar industry and a range of specialist cleaning equipment to stay match fit when the penis can make do with a swill in the sink? But none of this is necessary because the vulva is entirely self-cleaning. It does not require chemical treatment or a bio-containment team in order to be healthy or for you to be able to safely leave the house. As is scaring women about their normal, healthy vulvas and vaginas.