You can now buy a special vagina sponge to use for after-sex clean-up. No, those aren't words that we had imagined writing today, but there you have it. They sex sponges are manufactured by a company called come&gone (kudos on the name, guys) and they retail for $10 (£8) for 10.
Describing the product, come&gone says:
He finished, and you...need to go to the bathroom and clean up. come&gone can help you with that. Say goodbye to your old towel, tshirt, and half a roll of toilet paper - forever.
come&gone is the first after-sex clean up product of its kind. It’s made out of soft, sterile, medical grade material and will quickly mop up all the excess fluids so you can move on with your day (or night).
Just grab the handle, insert, swirl, remove, and toss. No more perpetually gooey feeling, dripping, or ruined sheets.
Firstly, if you're using 'half a roll of toilet paper' to clean up after sex, you're either scrubbing yourself raw or your partner needs to see a doctor.
Secondly, semen doesn't 'ruin' your bedsheets. It's a bodily fluid, and if you've got high standards you might not want it on your bedding, but pop it in the washing machine and it's good as new.
Admittedly most sexually active women have winced at 'the drip' after condom-free sex, but is the answer really to spend 80p every time you have sex in order to remove the evidence that it happened?
We're also concerned about whether putting a sponge into your vagina after every time you have sex really wouldn't be ideal for your vaginal health. You might end up with the same microtears that can be caused by tampons.
The sponges are single use and disposable, which means that they're not great for the planet, either. If you find 'the drip' unbearable then you might consider using condoms, or keeping a box of tissues by the side of the bed.
There's plenty of places where femtech could really make a difference to women's' lives. We're not convinced this is one of them.