the great tampon shortage

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The severe shortage of baby food in the United States has not yet been solved, but American consumers already face a new problem: in many states, tampons have been hard to find for weeks; a series of supply chain issues has left tampon shelves virtually empty.

Dana Marlowe, the founder of I Support the Girls, which provides bras and menstrual hygiene for people experiencing homelessness, confirmed this phenomenon within her organisation with a big drop in tampon donations. 

 

Marlowe received about half as many tampons the first six months of this year compared to the same time last year. 

 

The American magazine Time published an article two weeks ago about the deficit, which has been increasing in recent months. The leading tampon manufacturer in the United States, Procter & Gamble, initially blamed the problem on commercials starring comedienne Amy Schumer. Because of those commercials, the popularity of their brand Tampax increased considerably.

However, that does not explain why other tampon brands are often sold out, Time wrote. It is now clear that Procter & Gamble, which makes half of all tampons sold in the US, is struggling with major supply chain problems.

Expensive cotton, no staff

The company recently informed shareholders that it is difficult to obtain materials to make tampons. These include cotton, rayon (viscose) and plastic for packaging - raw materials that almost all have to come from Asia and Europe. Shipping these raw materials is currently expensive and time-consuming due to a shortage of sea containers and port employees. In the US itself, there is also a major shortage of truck drivers to supply stores.

Edgewell, another major tampon manufacturer in the US, says in US media that it has a staff shortage at the factory that makes ob tampons. More workers are not readily available: Under US law, tampons are a medical product and therefore only specifically trained employees are allowed to work in the factory.

Drugstore chains CVS and Walgreens confirmed to the New York Times earlier this month that they have tampon shortages in their stores. Procter & Gamble told the newspaper that the shortages are only "temporary", but could not say how long women will stand in front of almost empty shelves. Some media report that customers are now hoarding tampons.

Due to the scarcity and the increasing prices for raw materials, tampons in the US are now about 10 percent more expensive than a year ago, says market researcher NielsenIQ. US Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan has written a letter calling on manufacturers not to charge extortionate prices for tampons and to solve the shortages as soon as possible.

Desperate times call for (not so) desperate measures

Thankfully there are safe alternatives to tampon such as: pads, menstrual cups and period underwear, you might actually want to replace your tampons for good with these alternatives. Here's why: 

  • In the United States, tampons are categorised as “medical devices” by the government. This means that the ingredients of this product don't need to be listed anywhere on the product or fully disclosed by the brands that sell them.
  • The ingredients can be quite harmful; the bestselling tampons in the drug stores are made of chemicals, pesticides and other toxins. 
  • You catch the risk of an infection when you don't use the tampon properly; your vagina is like a sponge, it will absorb pretty much anything that you put in there, if you end up leaving your tampon up there for too long you it can result into yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, TSS or another type of infection. 
  • And to top it off, periods have a huge impact on the environment. It is because of the products (often cotton-based which takes a lot of water to grow) and because of how we dispose them; these popular commercial products are often disposables and for single use, so imagine the amount of waste this involves. 

 

Do your own research, but take into consideration some of these alternatives; not only will is it safer to use, it will also spare you some money and do the environment good. 

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trend alert: vabbing

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Vagina + dabbing = vabbing. This latest trend has been taking over TikTok and people swear by it when it comes to attracting a partner. 

But wat is it? When vabbing, you insert your finger into your vagina and 'dab' it onto your wrists and behind your ears. Now you might be wondering why someone would consider doing that, to explain this we need to look at the phenomenon called: pheromones.

Pheromones are chemical substances that are released outside of the body in fluids like urine and sweat. Pheromones are in a way a form of communication; it has the ability to attract other individuals for different reasons. 

Due to research, it is confirmed that pheromones do exist in animals, however it is very uncertain if they actually exist in humans. Studies in the 1970s did publish findings that so-called pheromones were involved in “period-syncing” — the idea that people who live together or spend a lot of time together start to menstruate at the same time.

Another theory is based around two closely related steroids — androstenone and androstadienone — they’re thought to have pheromonal effects, according to certain researchers. Both steroids have been found to be of positive influence on a female's mood: Androstadienone may also boost sexual desire and arousal in certain context for women. 

Pheromones are an incredibly interesting field. But right now, the evidence is too weak to state that humans have them. However, there’s a chance that rubbing vaginal secretions can entice someone who’s already intrigued by your natural scent.

If in any case you want to try vabbing to find out it it works for you, make sure to take the following points into account:

  • Make sure you are free of any STD's or other vaginal infections.
  • Wash your hands before, and after vabbing. 

And if all fails, perfume is always a nice touch ;)

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how to build a sex room

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Netflix' new show 'How To Build A Sex Room' is a real hit and people are excited and inspired because of the latest series released by the streaming platform.

In 'How To Build A Sex Room' interior-designer Melanie Rose offers help to couples who want to spice up their sex-life en want a sex room to do so; essentially a room where couples can experiment en explore their sexuality, according to the trailer. Wether it is a shiny pole in the middle of the room, a sex swing or a wall full of whips and cuffs, sky is the limit. 

Melanie states the rooms are nowhere near tacky: "A sex room can be a real work of art", "A fantasy come true. In short, everything my clients dream of" she continues. 

Feeling inspired yet? Now you can be as exotic as you want with the concept of a sex room, but even with a few little tweaks and a little extra love for your love nest (aka sex room) you can take your intimate experiences to a whole new level! And we are going to tell you how to build a sex room at home.

Location

First and foremost, where is this sex room going to be built? For the sake of convenience (since generally speaking most people don't just have a spare room at hand), we are going to take the bedroom as our sex room (quite practical because this is where most people are having sex anyway). 

Clear the clutter

Bedrooms easily turn into part-time (or even full-time) closets, laundry areas, study/work area etc. That's not what this room is about. Make these clothes and clutter are cleared (or at least out of sight). 

The bed

Everything starts with a good foundation, so make sure you have some quality bedding that is also aesthetically complimentary to the room. Fannie offers some prime bedding from Crisp Sheets, in various colours to match your style. 

Now there is way more to accessorise your bed with: restraints. Think of silk ties, ropes or chains (depending on your preference) on the opposite ends of the bed; attach them to your headboard and bed legs or to the slatted base and pull them out from underneath. 

Lighting

What we definitely don't want in your future sex room is harsh lighting, we want it to be sensual; work with one or various small lights (dimmable is a plus!) and candles. In the candle department we can help you to set the mood with Candier's scented candles. Or if you want to go that extra mile opt for the scented massage candle from Knude Society; this candle doubles as a heated massage oil once the wax is melted. 

Multiple 'seating' areas

In case there is space for it, adding an extra area where you can get it on can add to the overall experience in the room and make it a bit more dynamic. Look for chairs or chaise longues without armrests so you have the ability to move around on it. You can go as wild as a rocking chair or a curved seat, whatever you want. 

Accessories 

Now there are tons of options to spice things up when it comes to actually having sex; a stimulating gel can get you excited but a vibrator can get you (and your partner) all the way. No matter wat you prefer, Fannie has got it covered; in our 'Potions' section we have a selection of lubes and stimulators that can be used either with toys or without. Now sticking with that topic, toys, Fannie has many variations; external (ex. Dame Products - Pom flexible vibrator), internal (ex. Je Joue - Classic bullet) and multi use vibrators (ex. Je Joue - G-kii g-spot vibrator), remote controlled (ex. Lelo - Lyla 2 remote control vibrator) and for partner play (Je Joue - Mio cock ring).

Suitable attire

And of course, you want to look the part too. In our Lingerie section, Fannie has a wide variety of styles and colours. The set obviously doesn't have to match the sex room, switch around with the looks as much as you want to match your mood. Our current collection has some neon styles from Maison Close as well as a beautiful navy satin and lace set (with a matching choker!), and some gorgeous pieces from Leon, handmade from Ukraine. 

Endless possibilities right? Now that you know how to built a sex room, it is up to you to go and build that sex room. Start with the little things or go all out right away, whatever you desire. 

 

 

 

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the real truth about squirting

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We’ve seen it depicted in pretty much every pornography, squirting, is it real and what exactly is it? Make no mistake about it squirting is very real, however what we see in the movies is an overly exaggerated version of what actually happens. In this blog we are going to explain as much as we can about this phenomenon. 

Firstly, there are a few different types of bodily fluids produces by women prior, during and sometimes even after intercourse. 

Different types of fluid:

Before intercourse

  • Vaginal lubrication: this is a natural lubricant made by our bodies to get ready for intercourse. The amount of lubrication produced depends on the length of arousal and a number of medical factors. So the comment ‘wow your so wet’ and the understanding of that meaning you are excited and aroused is true, but that doesn’t mean that when you are not as wet you aren’t just as aroused. 

During or after intercourse

  • Female ejaculation: now this is not squirting. Female ejaculation is produced by the Skene’s gland and is very similar to male ejaculation; your body will release about 1 ml of ejaculate and it is white-ish in colour. 
  • Squirting: the fluid that is released during squirting is similar to urine but chemically different; it is produced by the urethra and contains a bit of pee but is not all pee (and sometimes contains female ejaculate as well). This bodily fluid is released in larger amounts: from 8 ml up to 150 ml. 

Now is squirting the same as an orgasm? The short answer is no. The two aren’t always one and the same.  However, the two can appear at the same time but this is not necessarily always the case: sometimes they will appear during intercourse, without ever getting an orgasm and sometimes after you have had an orgasm. Some research believes it happens through G-spot stimulation, but your level of arousal and the position or technique may also play a role in this. 

Is every women able to squirt? Just because squirting is real, doesn’t mean that all women do it; one study of  300 participants reported that only seven women self-reported female ejaculation during orgasm. But keep in mind, just because you haven’t experienced it yet doesn’t mean you are unable to squirt and even if you never squirt, that’s totally OK too! Nobody is the same after all. 

 

 

 

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guide: vibrators

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Disclaimer: dildo’s are not vibrators!

Possibly one of the most intimidating categories for most of you out there, not because the vibrator itself is a scary thing (on the contrary), but the often overwhelming amount of options: rabbit bullets, air-stimulators, remote controlled vibrators, you name it (not to mention the variety of colour options most vibrators come in) can make it quite difficult to choose what is right for you. 

But rest assured that after reading this guide you will know everything you need to know about vibrators.

When launching Fannie this was one of our major goals: making it understandable what the differences between the toys are and to give a curated selection of various vibrators. 

 First and foremost: external and/or internal penetration? 

This preference is very personal and is the main specification amongst vibrators. Most women orgasm from external stimulation, about 95% (sometimes in combination with penetration). Only 5% of women orgasm internal stimulation. 

Clitoral stimulation: we have the widest variety of products for external stimulation, this is because this is the way to go for most women. 

  • Dame Products - Eva handsfree vibratorA hands-free clitoral vibrator that delivers consistent stimulation during penetration. Eva can be used on its own, with a partner or with another toy. 
  • Dame Products - Aer suction stimulatorA powerful arousal tool for fans of oral stimulation. Aer mimics the flutter of a tongue and the suction of a mouth, it creates thrilling pulses of air and a soft seal around your clitoris.
  • Je Joue - Rabbit bullet: The soft and flexible ears move around your body to wherever you want them to. Hug that clitoris with the ears and use the base of the ears for intense vibrations!
  • Dame Products - Pom flexible vibrator: Pom gives you broad or targeted stimulation with a powerful, rumbly motor. This vibrator can provide all over external vibrations when placed flat against your Fannie but can also be used for direct clitoral stimulation with the tip alone. 

 Penetration: 

 However sometimes a toy can provide you with internal as well as external stimulation (sometimes even simultaneously). For instance..

Allround (can be used for internal and external stimulation):

  • Je Joue - Classic bullet: This silky soft classic bullet has a soft silicone tip for pin point stimulation. It comes with a free finger sleeve attachment for those who want a hands free experience. Because of its shape and size it can also be used internally.
  • Lelo - Lyla 2 remote control vibrator: Worn internally or enjoyed externally. Hand your partner the remote to have the most enjoyable handsfree experience. Also great for naughty nights out.

Dual stimulation (simultaneous stimulation):

  • Je Joue - G-kii g-spot vibratorThe G-Kii is a unique vibrator with it's function of adjustability. The G-Kii has 2 independent motors, one in the head and one in the body. It also has  a wider clitoral stimulation area for dual stimulation.
  • Lelo - Enigma dual stimulation vibratorDual stimulation sonic massager. Lelo is never satisfied with the status quo, which is why they always push the boundaries to offer something truly out-of-this-world. Meet Enigma, a luxurious dual-action massager that marries the best of both worlds – deep clitoral and g-spot stimulation.
  • Lelo - Tiani 3 remote control vibrator: Insert the smaller, leaner part of the vibrator and make sure the larger end is placed on the clitorus. Wear the Tiani 3 during intercourse or use it for single play!

Speeds and patterns

The easiest way to explain this goes the following: you are on a treadmill you can choose to have the belt run at a certain speed (same goes for your vibrators with speed options) or you can choose to have an interval training instead (these will be the patterns on a vibrator). Most vibrators have speed options and some have the additional option of pattern options. Depending on how versatile you want your experience to be it might be of importance to you wether or not there is a pattern option available for your toy of liking. 

Waterproof vs. water-resistant

This characteristic doesn’t really say much about the functionality of the vibrator but might be of importance depending on where you like to use your sex toys; if you like to use your vibrators for some wet play in the shower or the tub you will need a waterproof toy. If you don’t necessarily plan to use your vibrator in a wet area, water-resistant will do!

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