Severely, Don’t Put Wasp Nests In Your Vagina

Doctors( and common sense) are warning against a pseudoscientific practise that involves feeing and putting mushed up oak galls intothe vagina, claiming it’s an organic route to clean, heal, and tighten the vagina.

The product was being peddled by a Malaysian health shop on the e-commerce site Etsy. The instructions advise customers to simmer the oakgalls and then use them as a feminine hygiene clean around the time of their period. It also advises drinking one boiled oakgall for 40 days to restore elasticity of the uterine wall.

Oak galls( aka oak apples) are small spheres, usually 2 to 4 centimeters( 1 to 2 inches) in diameter, that are formed by gall wasps. The larvae of the wasps live within these galls, which they make by inducing the tree to produce abnormal growths.

The shop’s listing, which had now been been removed, explains: The galls, which contain tannin and small amounts of gallic acid and ellagic acid have antimicrobial qualities and are used in South East Asia, Malaysia, and Indonesia by women after childbirth to restored the elasticity of the uterine wall.”

Some females take mankanni[ oak galls] to improve their sex life; some say that it can tighten vagina, so they say.

Dont be fooled by this pseudoscientific patter, theres zero evidence to suggest it works and it’s potentially dangerous.On top of that, it also highlights many popular fallacies about sex health and the vagina. Namely, the myth that only tight and dry vaginasare desirable and healthy.

Dr Jen Gunter, a certified gynecologist, dispelled the practice in a blog post called: Dont set ground up wasp nest in your vagina. Dr Gunter explains that the product will dry out the vagina and mess with its natural pH and healthy bacteria.

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 very best bacteria. In addition to causing ache during sexuality it can increase the risk of HIV transmission … This is a dangerous practice with real potential to damage, writes Dr Gunter .

Heres a pro-tip, if something burns when you apply it to the vagina it is generally bad for the vagina, concludes DrGunter.

This isnt the first bizarre alternative medication for vaginas found on the corners of the Internet. Last year, there were reports of an equally dangerous trend of herbal tamponsused to freshen and purify the vagina . The teabag-like product contains a mix of scented herbs such as motherwort, angelica, borneol, rhizoma, and Cnidium monnieri . Much like this oakgall, it was a loading of unscientific bullsh* t.

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