Dolly Doctor

Welcome to the future, disease-detecting tampons are here

Thank you, science.

By Bianca Mastroianni

There are some inventions that make us think "y tho?" and there are some that make us slow clap for an eternity.

This one, however, definitely falls under the slow clap category.

Period and feminine hygiene has come a loooong way - from talking tampons to now disease-detecting tampons, it really is a great time to be alive.

The founders of NextGen, Ridhi Tariual and Stephen Gire, are working on the "smart" tampons that will detect medical conditions. Wowzers.

To think we used to be so grateful that a tampon would just allow us to swim during shark week.

The tampons are being developed at an infectious disease lab at Harvard University, with biomakers enabling the tampon to provide info on fertility, sexually transmitted diseases and cervical cancer.

“We had to come up with something that would allow women to find out about these conditions sooner than every year,” Ridhi told Fast Company. “You can pick up a disease any time, and letting it sit there for a year until your next visit can have consequences downstream that you don’t want. The system has to change.”

With this invention, us gals will be able to detect certain medical conditions faster than ever. Pretty damn revolutionary if you ask us.

Screw diamonds being a girl's best friend, who would have known it was a tampon all along?