FDA authorizes underwear to protect against STDs during oral sex

Wisty, a dancer and Reiki energy healer in the Boston area, said they had herpes simplex, a common infection that can cause serious inflammatory conditions in rare cases. “I wanted to find something that would make it easier for me to maintain the boundaries I wanted,” Wisty said. “To still be able to play and explore while having the comfort and security of knowing I’m protected from my liquids going everywhere.”

Shelly, 29, a nurse in Washington state, said she saw the panties on TikTok at a time when she and her fiancé, Ashton, were struggling to re-engage in oral sex after cancer requiring reconstructive surgery made changes caused in the mobility of his tongue and ability to taste. In the wake of his cancer treatment, oral sex — once their favorite sexual activity — left Ashton feeling like he was choking, which they hadn’t done in nearly two years.

“It was such a big thing that he would have enjoyed penetrative sex or something,” Shelly said. Without it, she experienced “a lot of insecurity, the feeling that maybe he’s no longer interested in me that way.”

After we ordered the panties, “we looked at them for a few hours,” Shelly said. “We’re like, ‘What are we dealing with here? It smells like vanilla, it stretches until the kingdom comes — like, what’s this?’”

Wearing them during oral sex worked really well, said Shelly, adding that she could barely feel the panties and Ashton said the texture was like skin and the taste was “like eating a cookie.”

She said she appreciated the new infection protection approval, as Ashton is likely to be vulnerable to cancers that can be caused by sexually transmitted diseases.

The sexual experience was especially important, she said. “I never thought I’d feel that again,” Shelly said. “And he was really into it when he realized that, ‘Oh, I can do all things.'”

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