SAN FRANCISCO — Adult toy manufacturers epi24, known for the Womanizer line, have announced the results of a survey titled “Lady Parts IQ” — which addresses women’s sexual health.
A spokesperson for epi24 said the survey showed that “women still lack awareness when it comes to getting to know their lady parts. The survey corrects a few misperceptions about ingrown hairs and pink balls — a condition similar to blue balls — to help women maintain their sexual health and wellness.”
According to the survey, 73 percent of women do not believe they need to see their OBGYN every time they discover an ingrown hair. But according to The Womanizer’s sexpert Michelle Hope, “If you discover an ingrown hair, rash or discoloration, you should go see your gynecologist to ensure it’s not something more serious. Often, the herpes simplex virus, HSV, can look like an ingrown hair and therefore, go unnoticed. It’s important to be proactive about vaginal health.”
According to the survey, 47 percent of women were also unaware that it’s possible for them to experience pink balls — a condition that occurs when women don’t climax, similar to blue balls in men.
“In addition to feeling sexually frustrated,” an epi24 spokesperson said, “pink balls can lead to discomfort or pain — which is often mistaken as sign for a variety of other issues such as inflammation from an infection or an STI. But more often than not, the pain is caused by a lack of vaginal lubrication during intercourse.”
The survey highlighted some other misconceptions. For example, epi24 said, “47 percent of women are not aware that an orgasm can actually help relieve menstrual cramps” — and “88 percent of women believe they should reserve sex-related questions for their gynecologist or specialist when in reality, they are encouraged to talk to their general practitioner.”
Hope said, “It’s important to clear up misperceptions about orgasms and the role they play not just in experiencing sexual pleasure, but how they contribute to overall health and wellness; epi’s survey suggests it’s critical that we teach women, especially young women, to learn more about their lady parts and to not be afraid to ask their doctors questions relating to arousal. If you’re having trouble climaxing or want to spice things up, you can also try The Womanizer. It can help you get to know your lady parts and release much need endorphins safely.”
On the upside, epi24 said, “78 percent know douching a few times a month is not a consistent way to upkeep vaginal health — and 91 percent know porn is not the best visual representation of climaxing."
More than 300 United States residents, 18 years of age or older, participated in epi24’s “Lady Parts IQ” survey, which was conducted online during the month of July 2016.