It’s official. Women will do whatever it takes to achieve good vaginal health, and if it’s an all-natural treatment, even better. Although striving for better health in general is a good thing, there are some natural remedies that shouldn’t have been thought up in the first place. The latest? Using ground-up wasp nests to tighten the hoo-ha.
Oak galls — balls of acidic bark that are formed when wasp larvae secrete chemicals into trees — are now being used as at-home remedies for vaginal rejuvenation. Admittedly, some of the natural ingredients can alleviate some health problems, but Gynecologist Jen Gunter says that using this method can have serious long-term implications.
“This product follows the same dangerous pathway of other ‘traditional’ vaginal practices,” Dr. Gunter wrote on her blog. “Drying the vaginal mucosa increases the risk of abrasions during sex and destroys the protective mucous layer… 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.”
That should be enough to warn anyone off the treatment, but some online retailers are still selling them, claiming that grinding oak galls into a paste can help tighten the vajayjay and eliminate any odours. The seller Gunter found has since removed their listing; however, they’re still available elsewhere.
But just… don’t. The vagina isn’t meant to be tight and dry. It needs to be wet so it can keep itself clean and healthy. Nothing needs to be shoved in there (aside from, well, you know); just let your vagina do its thing. But if you do have vaginal issues that are cause for concern, turn to a medical professional — not a product sold on the Internet.