Heads up, ladies. There’s a new trend buzzing. What seems to be an effort by some women as a natural way to treat their vaginas is making waves online as a dangerous unproven remedy. We’re talking about using oak galls (nests that house wasp eggs before hatching) being used to clean female genitalia.
“The product reportedly is crushed into a paste and applied topically, with one listing on Etsy, which has now been removed, claiming it can 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 there are warnings that it can “burn” when applied.
Here’s what the oak galls look like (image on the left):
It’s one thing to be fascinated with the insect kingdom, but this is ridiculous. We doubt this will improve anyone’s chances of being ‘pollinated’.
Now if it looks like some kind of Oriental voodoo, that’s because it probably is. The Etsy posting for the item was by Heritage Health Shop based out of Malaysia.
The whole thing became concerning enough that experts had to issue a warning about using this ‘drying agent’:
“Drying the vaginal mucosa increases the risk of abrasions during sex (not good) and destroys the protective mucous layer (not good),” wrote gynecologist Jen Gunter on her blog.
“It could also wreak havoc with the good bacteria. This is a dangerous practice with real potential to harm.”
The reactions on Twitter were priceless:
“Here’s a pro-tip, if something burns when you apply it to the vagina it is generally bad for the vagina,” added Dr. Gunter.
You don’t say, doc?
What do you think, ladies? Would you give traditional medicine a shot? Or should some of these remedies stay in the middle ages?