“I was terrible at falling asleep,” says hairdresser Kayla Matthews, who was starting to feel exhausted after working a difficult eight-hour shift with the people she now helps on Long Island. “It wasn’t unusual to feel like I was wracking my brain trying to find different things to drink and say before bed.”
After a failed experiment of just taking sleeping pills to avoid the pain of a restless night, Matthews experimented with a different sort of enema on a friend. Not wanting to give up the newfound pleasure of a new habit – and feeling something might actually improve her sleep – she started to use it herself. “I was feeling overwhelmed by how tired I was and everything,” says Matthews. “I definitely needed some help.”
Then a friend said she had heard about a product called the Thermal Quorum – which functions as a filter through the vagina to provide restorative sleep – and instantly fell in love.
Each year an estimated 20 to 30 million women take some form of vaginal enema as a form of feminine hygiene.
“As soon as she tried it, she immediately said it worked perfectly,” Matthews recalls. “It changed the way she felt. She had this feeling of peace that she didn’t know she could feel. She didn’t need to sweat after a stressful day.”
The money spent on intimate healthcare treatments totals up to an estimated £1.6 billion per year and the market has boomed as women look for ways to better themselves. However, many turn to transvaginal and vaginal fluid imitations in their search for better sleep, despite the harmful side effects some can cause.
“It is slightly more uncomfortable when it is done in the vagina but it doesn’t really require much time to do,” says Dr Suzanne Egan, a gynecologist at Sydney Women’s Hospital, in Australia. “It’s about the time it takes to put on and take off.”
Such treatments, which are still unregulated, can be harmful and uncomfortable – there is no evidence to support their use – and can also boost symptoms of certain chronic diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease.
Now Matthews is taking the next step and trying to interest her employer, Salon Del Sol, in keeping the Vital Spa service for female stylists.
“Everyone tells me it’s best to just take a pill,” says Matthews. “But I think that will keep me awake the whole day!”
Disclaimer: The writer of this article works for Salon Del Sol – a company offering female stylists plastic surgery services.