Sexual Wellness

#VulvaTalk: Callaly Launches “We Need to Talk about Vulvas Campaign” to Dispel the Myth of the Perfect Vulva

Period-care brand Callaly has launched “We Need to Talk About Vulvas”, a new campaign to encourage #VulvaTalk and debunk “the myth of the perfect vulva”, centering diverse, real life experiences of people with vulvas and providing new educational material for parents, educators and people with vulvas. The campaign launches with research showing almost a third (29%) of people aged 16 to 35…

Crowdfunding: Lips, an Instagram Alternative for Women and the LGBTQ+ Community is Raising 50K on Wefunder

San Diego-based Lips, an Instagram alternative and soon-to-be social commerce platform built by and especially for women, non-binary folks, and the LGBTQIA+ community is currently raising $50K on Wefunder. The idea behind Lips is to create safe space online for users to express themselves openly and honestly without biased censorship or harassment. Lips was built together with artists, brands, sex workers, BIPOC, and the…

Sexual Wellness Company Vella Bioscience raises a $7M Seed II Round for Further Product Development and Expansion

Only 2 weeks after its official launch, Vella Bioscience the company behind Vella Women’s Pleasure Serum, a clinically demonstrated pre-play topical serum that promotes increased arousal and lubrication, and more frequent, intense, and satisfying orgasms, has closed a $7 million seed II funding round, anchored by Aaron Fleck & Associates. The oversubscribed funding round puts Vella Bioscience at over $50 million post-money valuation, positioning the company to move forward on…

Launched: Vella Bioscience Introduces a New CBD-based Pleasure Serum for Women

Vella Bioscience today announces the launch of its breakthrough flagship product – Vella Women’s Pleasure Serum, a pre-play topical serum to promote more frequent, intense, and satisfying orgasms for every cis woman. Founded by a team of medical researchers, scientists and beauty industry experts, Vella leads the intersection of proprietary science and luxury beauty for sexual wellness. For the past century, men have had…

Sexual Wellness: Awkward Essentials Raises a $2.3M Seed Round to Further Commercialization of Dripstick

Awkward Essentials, a personal hygiene company with the first after-sex clean up product of its kind, the dripstick, announced the close of a $2.3 million seed round by capital partner Unorthodox Ventures today. As a single-product company, Awkward Essentials will use the investment for innovation, scaling up production, and overall go-to market strategy. “I founded Awkward Essentials to solve a personal need, and it sparked social…

Healthy Pleasure Group Launches Amboy Street Ventures, a Fund Dedicated to Sexual Wellness and Women’s Health

Healthy Pleasure Group (HPG), the global outfit dedicated solely to Sexual Health and Technology has announced the launch of Amboy Street Ventures (ASV), a capital fund focused on Sexual Health (for all genders) and women’s health technology startups. ASV also announced its first two investments in Dame Products, a leading female-focus ed sexual wellness brand and Gennev, the digital health platform for women going through…

The Ins and Outs of Funding Sextech Startups

In line with the launch of Maddyness UK’s sextech podcast, we delve into the challenges faced by those seeking funding for sex-positive startups.  Sitting in that precarious (but arguably enviable) space between absolute no-go zone and next big thing for investors, sextech is a burgeoning market now worth $30B-$40B. Once assigned to the lifestyle business category or else totally shunned because of…

Survey Shows Sexual Desire Dips Among Cohabiting Couples, and Rises Among Couples Living Solo During the Pandemic

Flo Health, a female health and wellbeing mobile app used by over 160M people around the world, today unveiled findings highlighting the impact the pandemic has had on women’s relationships since the start of lockdown, unearthing insights around shifts in sexual desire, partner interaction, and overall mental and emotional wellbeing. The external survey polled a random, de-identified set of 3,435 self-identifying U.S-based women ages…