The FDA clears one type of underwear for protection from infection during oral sex

A Reiki dancer and energy healer in the Boston area, Wisty said she has herpes simplex, a common infection that in rare cases can cause severe inflammatory conditions. “I wanted to find something that made it easier for me to set the limits I wanted,” said Wisty. “To be able to continue playing and exploring while having the comfort and security of knowing that I am protected by my fluids that go everywhere.”

Shelly, 29, a nurse in Washington State, said she saw panties on TikTok at a time when she and her boyfriend, Ashton, were struggling to resume oral sex after cancer that required a reconstructive surgery had caused changes in the mobility of his tongue and ability to taste. In the aftermath of her cancer treatment, oral sex – once their favorite sexual activity – made Ashton feel like she was choking, and they hadn’t done it for nearly two years.

“It was such a great thing that he had enjoyed penetrative sex or whatever,” Shelly said. Without it, he experienced “a lot of insecurity, feeling that maybe he doesn’t care about me that way anymore.”

After ordering the panties, “we spent a couple of hours looking at them,” Shelly said. “We’re like, ‘What are we dealing with here? It smells like vanilla, it extends to the kingdom to come – like, what is this? ‘”

Wearing them during oral sex worked very well, said Shelly, who added that she could barely feel the panties and that Ashton said the texture resembled skin and the taste was “like you’re eating a cookie.”

He said he welcomed the new infection protection clearance because Ashton is likely vulnerable to cancers that can be triggered by sexually transmitted infections.

The sexual experience was especially important, she said. “I never thought I’d hear it again,” Shelly said. “And he was very excited when she realized that: ‘Oh, I can do all things.’”