"Here’s a pro-tip, if something burns when you apply it to the vagina it is generally bad for the vagina," says gynecologist Dr. Jen Gunter.
There's a bizarre new trend in town: putting ground-up wasp nests in women's vaginas to tighten and rejuvenate it. Of course, doctors are warning women against it, but some online retailers are apparently selling oak galls, which are nests that house wasp eggs before they hatch.
These retailers claim that the oak galls have natural properties to clean female genitals, according to the New York Post. The product is reportedly crushed into a paste and applied topically, with one listing on Etsy (which has now been removed) claiming that it can even improve a woman's sex life!
They are also being advertised as helping to “heal episiotomy cuts, rejuvenate the uterine wall and clean out the vagina” after childbirth, though it comes with warnings that it can “burn” when applied.
However, gynecologist Dr. Jen Gunter is warning women not to fall prey for the new trend, after branding it “dangerous” — saying the practice is using “drying agents” to tighten the vagina.
Dr. Guter took to her blog to explain in detail why this is a bad idea. This product follows the same dangerous pathway of other “traditional” vaginal practices, meaning tightening and drying the vagina which is both medically and sexually (for women anyway) undesirable. Drying the vaginal mucosa increases the risk of abrasions during sex (not good) and destroys the protective mucous layer (not good). It could also wreak havoc with the good bacteria.
In addition to causing pain during sex, it can increase the risk of HIV transmission. This is a dangerous practice with real potential to harm. Here’s a pro-tip, if something burns when you apply it to the vagina it is generally bad for the vagina. GYNO Etsy seems all about dry tight vaginas. I’m thinking they should back away from the medicinal products, you know? It’s promoting both a bad sexual ideal, that something must be wrong if your vagina is damp, and a dangerous practice.
Might it not be easier at this point to just come up with a list of stuff that's okay to put in your vagina? Because the don't list is long.— a tired genehack (@genehack) May 17, 2017
While many women won’t buy this product it’s just one more bullshit message about vaginal health. It’s no wonder there are so many useless and/or harmful products on drugstore shelves designed to dry and clean vulvas and vaginas. So don’t put dried up wasp’s nest in your vagina. I feel pretty confident in offering that up as medical advice and for goodness sake don’t tell Paltrow. She let bees sting her face so she might be all over vaginal vespatherapy.
WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE SO BORED THEY COME UP WITH THIS SHIT? Because they could come clean my garage instead.— Stabby Spice (@KathleenSoprano) May 17, 2017
Women these days face a lot of pressure to just feel young and tight down there, lest someone new walks into their life and judges them. This is why they actually go along with such bizarre trends that may actually put their lives in danger. Honestly, your vagina is fine the way it is, without any help from a wasp's nest. You're capable of giving birth to another human being, which is much more than what those men who define you can do.
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