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Women Warned - Wasp Nest Home Remedy To Tighten Vagina Is Bad Idea

One crazy health fad after another hits the market, making fantastic claims and making you wonder how you lived your whole life without the 'miracle' product. Unfortunately, the only real 'miracle' here is how the public continues to buy outlandish claims about medical miracles. The latest fad that doctors are warning about is known as oak galls - a euphemism for wasp's nests. They’re supposed to do wonders for the vagina.

If you look around on websites like Ebay, Etsy and other hawkers of alternative health care products, you might have noticed the latest fad. Many websites claim that oak galls have been used by women in Asia for millennia to tighten the vagina after giving birth. You can buy these oak galls, either whole, ground or in paste form, to use for your own feminine hygiene treatments.

“The galls, which contain tannin and small amounts of gallic acid and ellagic acid have antimicrobial qualities and are used in South East Asia especially Malaysia and Indonesia by women after childbirth to restore the elasticity of the uterine wall,” explains one big seller on Etsy, according to the Inquisitr.

Popular Science has published studies that show oak galls do, in fact, have antimicrobial properties, but that doesn't make them safe, or even desirable. Doctors are warning women that it's 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," wrote Dr. Jen Gunter in a blog post.

Gunter was the female gynecologist who called out Gwyneth Paltrow for promoting vaginal eggs. Paltrow's website 'Goop' claimed that inserting jade eggs into the vagina and walking around with them all day helps promote a better orgasm. Gunter scoffed at the claim.

Likewise, Gunter is scoffing at oak galls. The highly astringent product can dry out the vaginal mucosa, causing sex to be very painful. She claims astringents can cause a bacterial imbalance in the vagina, increasing the risk of transmitting HIV.

Highly astringent material applied to an irritation in the vagina would be a little like pouring vinegar on a wound. "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," writes Gunter.

This will make you rethink the way a lot of websites promote the product to be used for healing episiotomy incisions.

Oak galls are small, round, hard balls that grow off trees when insects, like wasps, introduce chemicals on the wood. The chemicals cause hormonal activity that spark the unusual growths, which are perfect breeding places for wasp larvae.

Unfortunately, it's not nearly as perfect for vaginas. Women really need to seek the advice of a medical professional. Gunter urges women to stop listening to internet health gurus.

“Your uterus isn’t tired or depressed or dirty and your vagina has not misplaced its chakra. They want no real help from you unless there is something wrong and they will tell you there is something wrong by bleeding profusely or itching or cramping badly or producing an odor,” she writes. “Actually none of your organs want the kind of help that comes with a 'detox' because they have evolved to take care of themselves in partnership with the rest of your body. There is no such thing as a detox or a cleanse, they are fake terms used by snake oil salespeople to lighten wallets."

Source: Inquisitr
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