The vagina, or nature's pocket as Broad City calls it, can do all sorts of mystical things. It's a life canal. Babies come out of it! Before babies traverse that path, there's a recurring visitor: the period. The monthly blood bath is about as natural as it gets, and let's be real, it's a pain to have. Constantly changing tampons, fearing toxic shock syndrome, and keeping track of when it last showed up isn't great. There's also the added paranoia that blood will leak and create a potentially embarrassing public situation. Well fear no more, ladies, because a Chinese company has heard your concerns and thinks it can help. Turn your vagina into a connected device by wearing a Bluetooth tampon. Why didn't you think of that?
my.Flow is a company that wants period-havers to know when their tampon is full and ready to unleash its contents. Its companion app keeps track of how saturated the tampon is and alerts a wearer when it needs to be changed. (Btw doctors recommend tampons not be worn for longer than eight hours.) So there you have it, a connected vagina. It's an idea.
Let's take a look at this thing before judging it. Maybe it just sounds horrendous, but is actually the tampon of my dreams.
Hm that looks slightly disconcerting. Stray wires in your vagina? What could go wrong?
Apparently people didn't respond well to that first concept, so my.Flow's creators updated the tampon's look. It's less scary now. The reassuring copper is still present, though.
The string, which ranges from six to 12 inches, has to come up to a wearer's waist and hook into its accompanying Bluetooth module. That's casual. I can't wait to explain to people at the bar what my little waist gizmo is for. "Oh this string here? It's my tampon."
my.Flow is expected to sell its Bluetooth module for $50 and a month's supply of tampons for $13. I'm not sure how many tampons they consider a monthly supply, as this varies widely between women. A box of tampons can cost anywhere from $4 to $10. Honestly, I think a better idea for period tech would be crowd sourcing who has tampons in their bag and can donate them to a woman in need. Here's another Broad City clip to explain.