OVER the last few months a number of bizarre vagina trends have been doing the rounds.
From the Gwyneth Paltrow–inspired steaming and jade eggs to random herbs and glitter, women have been giving their privates a bit of a battering.
This week doctors warned that putting parsley inside your vagina is highly dangerous.
So as a quick reminder, here are the five things you should definitely keep away from your bits.
You have been warned.
This week it emerged women were attempting to kickstart their periods by putting parsley inside them.
Doctors were moved to issue a warning after Marie Claire magazine recommended the herb to stimulate menstrual flow.
The article read: “Parsley can help to soften the cervix and level out hormonal imbalances that could be delaying your cycle, helping your period come faster.”
Dr Sarah Jarvis told The Sun: “I don’t recommend anyone put parsley – or any other herb – into their vagina.
“We do know that many foods can affect your hormones. For instance, soya foods like tofu may reduce hot flushes around the menopause.
“Parsley contains a compound called apigenin which has been studied in relation to a possible role in reducing the risk of cancer in women taking HRT. In fact, while early results were promising, other studies suggested it might actually increase the risk.”
“More importantly, there is a risk that introducing foreign objects to the vagina can cause infections and even lead to toxic shock syndrome if left inside, which can be deadly.”
In fact, a pregnant woman died last year after inserting parsley stems into her vagina in a botched bid to induce a miscarriage.
In November it emerged that wellbeing forums were suggesting the classic cold remedy could be rubbed on parts other than the chest.
Some women were using it to “tingle and cleanse” their vaginas, as well as disguise odour, but experts warned it would do more harm than good.
Dr Vanessa Mackay, a gynaecologist and spokeswomen for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, told The Sun Online: “Mild soap or a mild shower cream and water is all that you need to wash the outside of your bottom, front and back.
“And you don’t need to wash your vagina – it self-cleans.
“If you have any concerns about odour you need to contact your doctor.”
She added that the Vaporub could cause burning and itching as well as making a yeast infection worse.
“Using Vicks VapoRub on the vagina would not only be uncomfortable but also has the potential to cause damage and disrupt the natural flora of the vagina.”
A company called Pretty Woman launched a glitter bomb last year, to put some sparkle in your sex life.
The Passion Dust intimacy capsules were designed to add “sparkle and flavour” to make you “magically delicious.”
But doctors warned they could cause STIs and “vaginal sunburn.”
But, Dr Jen Gunter, a Canadian gynaecologist, said they could to lead to a dangerous infection.
She warned women not to use the product and criticised the makers for initially not providing an extensive ingredients list.
She wrote on her blog: “The glitter could be cosmetic grade glitter (tiny pieces of plastic) suspended in some unknown goo of unknown osmolality.
“It also could be ‘edible glitter’, which is sugar.
“Could the plastic be a [breeding ground] for bacteria? Sure. I’ve seen a nasty inflammatory vaginal discharge from sand so this could be a similar set up.
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“Might the little flakes of plastic produce vaginal wall granulomas (a granuloma is walled off inflammatory mass produced by tissue in response to a foreign body)? They could.
“If it isn’t plastic and it’s sugar, well, depositing sugar in the vagina lets the bad bacteria go wild.
“Studies looking at treating bacterial vaginitis with vaginas probiotics were halted because the glucose keeping the probiotics alive made the bad bacteria go wild.
“Could the vehicle be an irritant and cause a vaginal contact dermatitis? Yes and ouch. Think vaginal sunburn!”
Pretty Woman said the capsules were safe for use and contained too small an amount of glitter to “cause any bolidy hram.”
Aubergine bath bombs were a recent addition to the bathing market, with some wondering if they could be used as a sex toy.
Dr Vanessa Mackay explained that they should not be placed inside the vagina.
They said: “We would strongly discourage the use of bath bombs internally as these could disturb the fragile balance of good bacteria inside the vagina.
“This natural flora helps to protect the vagina and disrupting it could lead to irritation, inflammation and infection, such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush.
“Women are advised to use plain, unperfumed soaps to wash the area around the vagina (the vulva), not inside it, gently every day.”
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It has long been thought that live yoghurt can treat thrush and, because of this, women have been known to soak tampons in it before inserting.
But, in a previous interview with The Sun, Dr Mackay advised against it.
She said: “ “There have been suggestions that probiotics like yoghurt can help in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis and vaginal thrush, however, there is not enough robust evidence to support this.
Putting yoghurt on the vagina may disrupt the vagina’s good bacteria which are there to protect it and this may lead to infection and inflammation.”