Kourtney Kardashian responds to Chelsea Handler mocking THAT vagina wellness Lemme product
By Justin Enriquez For Dailymail.com and Elena Salvoni For Mailonline
18:11 23 Feb 2023, updated 18:28 23 Feb 2023
Kourtney Kardashian has responded to Chelsea Handler mocking her Lemme vaginal wellness supplement made to support ‘taste, odor, and freshness’ of a woman’s privates.
The 43-year-old reality star’s Lemme Purr gummy – which has been slammed by experts as ‘ineffective’ – makes the bold claim of using ‘clinically-studied probiotics to support its taste, odor and freshness, complete with pineapple extract for added sweetness.’
Chelsea, 47, and fellow comedians mocked the product in a segment during her The Daily Show hosting gig earlier this week.
She said: ‘Kourtney is coming out with a vaginal gummy but it is supposed to improve the smell and taste of your Pikachu and then it tastes like pineapple.
‘So I don’t know if that’s possible to put a gummy I wouldn’t even want that flavor. I would want, like an arctic blast you know?’
Rosebud Baker responded: ‘I’m suck of products like this. I’m just like hold your nose and go down on me.’
Atsuko Okatsuka had a different view as she said: ‘I think I’m the only one that’s like “I need this.” Oh, okay. Hold on. Oh so they know this makes it taste better for sure? Imagine there was a taste tester, alright?
‘There was a person at their company being like “No, no, no more vitamin C. More pineapple.”‘
Kourtney seemed to take it all in stride as she reposted the clip on her Instagram Story with laughing while crying and pineapple emojis and even added a link to buy Lemme Purr gummies.
This came after gynecologists slamming her over the vaginal wellness gummies, saying there is no scientific evidence they work and urging people with health concerns to go to the doctor instead of trusting celebs.
The reality star has also faced backlash over suggestions that the probiotics ‘specifically target vaginal health and pH levels to support freshness and odour’ – which many have claimed is ‘misogynistic’ and ‘patriarchy in a pot’.
Kourtney, 43, plugged the $30 product on Instagram earlier this week with an advert featuring CGI cats walking around her as she eats a gummy.
The mother-of-three has been establishing herself in the wellness sector since launching her blog, Poosh, in 2019.
Last year she brought out a line of supplements called Lemme, with Purr the latest offering coming out in time for Valentine’s Day.
But experts have been far from impressed with the supplement – and have warned people not to ‘spend your hard-earned cash on this product’.
Obstetrics and Genecology specialist, Dr Brooke Vandermolen, shares expert insights into women’s health on her Instagram and TikTok pages, going by @theobgynmum.
Speaking to Femail, the London-based NHS doctor said there is ‘no merit’ to the claim that the tablets can ‘target’ vaginal wellness.
‘In a healthy person – one who doesn’t suffer with recurrent infections – there is no reliable scientific evidence that taking probiotics have any beneficial effect.
‘Probiotics are also a catch-all term, meaning it can contain any number of different bacteria and we don’t know if those contained in this supplement have been tested and show any benefit or that when taken orally, that they will even reach the vagina.’
Brooke also took issue with the suggestion that Lemme Purr gummies can help promote improved ‘freshness, odor and taste’.
‘All vaginas have an individual smell and taste which will vary according to your menstrual cycle, exercise patterns and your diet.
‘The odor of discharge is important for the function of the vagina because it means a healthy balance of bacteria are present in the vaginal microbiome.
‘It is purely misogynistic and anti-feminist to suggest that vaginas are somehow unclean or unhygienic because their natural smell doesn’t fit in with the ideal provided in mainstream media and porn.’
Brooke also expressed concern about the advertising around the cat-themed product, which she described as ‘crude and vulgar’.
‘It contributes to the objectification of women, depersonalising them from their genitalia and reducing them to sexual objects,’ she said.
She added that focusing on improving the smell and taste of a vagina shows that the probiotic’s creators care ‘more about the opinion of the person interacting with the vagina-owner’ than they do about their customer.
On other celeb supplement endorsements, Brooke said it is a ‘risky area’, as there is very little regulation around what they contain and what they say they can do.
‘Some parts of the industry are not subject to the same levels of scrutiny as a medication would be, so it is difficult to know how much research has gone into the ingredients that supplements and probiotics contain.
Dr Brooke Vandermolen’s tips for vaginal health
1. Steer clear of products marketed as ‘balancing the ph of the vagina’ or changing its taste or smell
2. No need to use specialist products to clean or care for the vulva or vagina
3. Cleaning with some water and soap on exterior
4. Eat a healthy diet
5. if the smell has changed, you have yellow or green discharge, itching or soreness in the vulva, see your doctor for some swabs and some personal medical advice
‘Celebrities will often have no idea what value the products may have in real life, and align themselves with a product because they like the marketing.’
She said that, in her view, supplements and probiotics should have similar regulations as medications, in order to ensure they are ‘extensively tested, and the marketing claims are backed up by real evidence and data’.
Another women’s health blogger, Dr Anita Mitra, a gynecologist and scientist with a PhD on the vaginal microbiome, also raised concerns about the efficacy of the product and probiotics in general.
Anita, who goes by the handle The Gynae Geek on social media, shared a video explaining her five reasons why she wouldn’t spend her money on celebrity-endorsed probiotics.
The first, she said, is that the terms ‘probiotic’ and ‘microbiome’ are often thrown around, and little more than powerful marketing ‘buzzwords’ – adding that the products are not a ‘panacea for health’.
‘There is absolutely no evidence to demonstrate that this product does actually change the odour or taste,’ she told Femail.
‘It’s incredibly problematic. I understand that the celebrity in question does not understand the science behind vaginal health and probiotics, however, in 2023, it’s disappointing to see a woman shaming other women into buying a product by suggesting that they need to change the smell and taste of their vagina.’
Leading on from this, she said, there isn’t any scientific evidence that healthy people need to take probiotics.
Thirdly, she says if she were going to recommend a probiotic, it wouldn’t be the one contained in Kourtney’s product.
‘There are many types of probiotic. The marketing for this gummy states it has been “clinically studied”,’ she wrote in the caption to the video.
‘Spoiler alert: this specific probiotic has not been particularly well-researched with regards to vaginal health.
‘If I was going to discuss probiotics to a patient, which I occasionally do specifically related to a condition called bacterial vaginitis, I certainly wouldn’t recommend this type. There are many other types that have been more extensively studied.’
Fourthly, like Brooke, she recommended that people seek advice from a healthcare professional if they experience symptoms such as foul-smelling vaginal discharge, itching, irritation and bleeding.
‘Don’t take health advice from a celeb!’ she warned.
Finally, she agreed with Brooke and others that the marketing, as well as the wellness product itself, is ‘anti-feminist’.
‘Anyone who tells you that you need to change the taste or smell of your vulva or vagina is working with the patriarchy,’ she said.
‘And while we are at it, let’s stop using the cat emoji to refer to our anatomy.’