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Will Women Actually Insert This Blutooth-Connected Tampon Up There?

It seems there are connected, wearable devices for anything these days, even of the very up close and personal variety—think vibrators and Kegel exercisers. Now a startup called my.Flow is hoping to help women avoid the embarrassment and cost of over-saturated tampons by introducing a smart one whose 6- to 12-inch string communicates to a wearable device attached to one’s waist, reports the Guardian. The tampon saturation monitor is expected to cost $49 when it hits the market next year, with a month’s supply of special tampons setting ladies back $13. The idea is that the Blutooth device would send a notification to the wearer when it’s time to replace a tampon.

The Daily Dot says it seems “woefully complicated” to set up and wonders whether it feeds in to the idea of “menstruation shaming”—”Don’t talk about your period; don’t let anyone know you have it …” However, the women Gizmodo interviewed said that even in spite of the drawbacks, such as a long string and yet another gadget to clip on, the device sounds useful, especially for newly menstruating girls. “I wouldn’t want it now, but this would have been amazing when I was 13,” one woman said. The Guardian, meanwhile, warns that the ultimate goal of being discreet isn’t realized: “You’re walking around with a period monitor on your waist trying to make sure nobody knows you have your period.”

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