Most of us can appreciate good medical advice, especially the free kind. However, every once in a while, we find advice better left on the table. That is the case when it comes to putting wasp nest in your vagina. It may seem unbelievable, but there are actually women doing this to rejuvenate and tighten their vagina. Can you say “really really bad idea”?
According to reports, women are utilizing crushed oak galls for that purpose. These are nests that housed the eggs and larva of wasps. They grind them up and put the substance in their vagina in hopes it will “restore the uterine wall after childbirth, heal an episiotomy cut and also clean out the vagina.”
Practitioners of natural medicine have used oak galls for quite some time to treat an assortment of issues. One thing they have not been used for, however, is to tighten or restore vaginal walls.
Even if such a thing were possible in such a way, the potential side effects make it a terrible choice. There are astringents found in oak galls that will irritate or dry out the vagina. It could lead to friction during intercourse and infections.
It’s never a great idea to put any foreign substance into the vagina and wasp nests are near the top of that list.
This crazy trend in vaginal beauty and rejuvenation says that women should put two ground-up wasp nest into their vagina.
According to the University of Kentucky, Oak galls, or Oak Apple galls “are large rounded growths that are filled with a spongy mass. A single wasp larva is located in a hard seed-like cell in the center.”
Oak galls at one time were used in making ink, but more recently, women have used them for more “intimate” purposes.
Doctors say this is, at best, a questionable practice and at worse could be dangerous. Most of us already realize that we should not be doing it.
According to OB/GYN Christine Greves, there is more research that needs to be done into the subject.
Online retailers who sell this product say that women may experience a stinging sensation when applying the powder.
Dr. Jen Gunter explained in a blog post:
“Here’s a pro-tip, if something burns when you apply it to the vagina it is generally bad for the vagina.”
If you have concerns about your vagina, it’s best to discuss them with your gynecologist or doctor, rather than solve them on your own via some shady business on the internet selling wasp nest powder.
When in doubt, A. don’t do it and B. consult your doctor. Then C. don’t do it.
In other words, not putting wasp nest into or on any part of your body is a pretty good “best practice.”