If you ask D’Arcy Carden, vagina-related products have gone a bit too far recently.
“There are some incredibly extra products out there,” the actor, best known for her roles on Broad City and The Good Place tells SheKnows. “Some of these may be great — I’m not super-interested in trying them all out, but the vaginal steaming kit sort of caught my eye. Interested but scared. I’ve stayed away from most things.”
As a response, Carden teamed up with Playtex Simply Gentle Glide and made a video parody of a new period product featuring a Chilean alpaca fleece core, activated charcoal and horoscope calibrations on each box. It’s so funny because it’s so incredibly on point — right down to the app that lets you connect with your “cycle friends” nearby.
Of course, the moral of her story is that when it comes to vaginal health, simple is usually better.
Even so, the fact that we’re even here talking about how over-the-top some vag products have become is actually a good sign.
“Honestly, that’s the thing is — I love how there’s more of a focus on women’s health and that it’s more of a conversation and it’s not something we’re ashamed of,” Carden says. “I think we’re moving in the right direction.”
The increasing presence of periods in pop culture has certainly helped drive that conversation. And one of the best recent examples of this came on Carden’s own show, Broad City.
In the ninth episode of season three, Abbi and Ilana are running through the airport trying to make it on their plane to Israel while Ilana is wearing a pair of jeans with a large red period stain on them to help her smuggle weed through airport security.
Even though Carden wasn’t in this episode, she still had a strong reaction to it.
“I almost felt emotional watching it because I was like, ‘This did not exist when I was a child or a teen or whatever,’ and seeing somebody sort of, like, not ashamed of something that women know so well and putting it out so everyone could see made me feel very proud,” she says. “And I think we’re seeing more and more of that.”
As far as period tips, Carden’s biggest piece of advice is to pay attention to your body and what it needs.
“Every single body is different when it comes to having their period,” she explains. “And I think your own body can be different from month to month… or from year to year. The way I felt when I was in my 20s is different than I was in my 30s. I think it’s all about self-care and listening to your body.”