Various brands of “tongkat Madura” – Madura stick. Women in Indonesia insert them in their vaginas in the belief they strengthen their pelvic floor muscles, especially after giving birth, and make sex more pleasurable for their husbands. Their ingredients, though, are a mystery. Photo: Ade MardiyatiVarious brands of “tongkat Madura” – Madura stick. Women in Indonesia insert them in their vaginas in the belief they strengthen their pelvic floor muscles, especially after giving birth, and make sex more pleasurable for their husbands. Their ingredients, though, are a mystery. Photo: Ade Mardiyati
Various brands of “tongkat Madura” – Madura stick. Women in Indonesia insert them in their vaginas in the belief they strengthen their pelvic floor muscles, especially after giving birth, and make sex more pleasurable for their husbands. Their ingredients, though, are a mystery. Photo: Ade Mardiyati

Women swear by Madura sticks that help them please their husbands in bed; doctor warns of infection and cancer risks

  • So-called Madura sticks are widely used by Indonesian women who believe they tighten their pelvic floor muscles and thus boost their husband’s sexual pleasure
  • Their ingredients are a mystery, but in a patriarchal society where, as one man says, women are expected to be really good at sex, they find a ready market
Topic |   Wellness
Various brands of “tongkat Madura” – Madura stick. Women in Indonesia insert them in their vaginas in the belief they strengthen their pelvic floor muscles, especially after giving birth, and make sex more pleasurable for their husbands. Their ingredients, though, are a mystery. Photo: Ade MardiyatiVarious brands of “tongkat Madura” – Madura stick. Women in Indonesia insert them in their vaginas in the belief they strengthen their pelvic floor muscles, especially after giving birth, and make sex more pleasurable for their husbands. Their ingredients, though, are a mystery. Photo: Ade Mardiyati
Various brands of “tongkat Madura” – Madura stick. Women in Indonesia insert them in their vaginas in the belief they strengthen their pelvic floor muscles, especially after giving birth, and make sex more pleasurable for their husbands. Their ingredients, though, are a mystery. Photo: Ade Mardiyati
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