One of my favourite YouTubers – partly because of my ambition to work in assisted reproduction, and everything health-related to the female body and reproduction, and partly because I’m a woman who wants to know about these things for myself – is Mama Doctor Jones.
US-based obstetrician and gynaecologist (OBGyn), she does videos from all things vagina health all the way to hilarious and informative commentating on the hit show I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant, but from a doctors point of view. This week herself and her colleagues have been having a ‘chatter’ about an unfortunate ad campaign targeting teen girls about their vulva, vagina and the creams/sprays/potions/smells they apparently ‘need’ to glow up.
I can’t describe the frustration when people use douches, or special fragrances for their vulva or (horror!) up in their vaginas. It’s not necessary! You’re not dirty! It cleans itself! Why? Why! Why target people who may already be worried about bodily functions and new feelings of ickiness, like teens?
But I can’t explain why this is so wrong as well as she can, so here I’m going to share her video with you all illustrating the point that these campaigns are slightly frustrating to say the least.
(And if you’re hoo-hah smells strongly, see a doctor, it’s that simple).
See? I told you it was bad and so worth a watch.