Add Vicks VapoRub to our rising listing of “Why on Earth would you put that in your vagina?!” Honorable mentions embrace , and . Yeah, you learn these proper.
“I swear there is a random vaginal product generator, and people just spin the wheel to discover what sh-t they can insert today,” wrote , an OB-GYN and “sexpert” who has been preventing the great struggle towards women’s health myths.
Her newest situation? Women are slathering their and vulvas to appease itching, cowl up their odor and assist deal with yeast infections. Some even use the topical ointment for its tingly sensation to spice up their intercourse life. (Why anybody would assume smelling like moth balls, Grandma’s home and flu season is attractive is past us.)
Forums devoted to those VapoRub purposes aren’t troublesome to seek out. And with our tendency to show to , misinformation may also simply unfold.
“My vagina itches. Just the outside on the labia. They become swollen as well. When I scratch they bleed. I use Vicks to soothe the itch and bring down the swelling. It really helps me,” somebody wrote in athread that garnered responses, claiming that the VapoRub helped a pregnant lady together with her swelling and was the one factor that helped ease one other lady’s signs—regardless of an skilled commenting that Vicks “is not a good idea in this sensitive area.”
Vaginas are self-cleansing and should not odor like mint, jasmine or no matter women’s manufacturers attempt to promote you, based on docs. They do not need to be deodorized or “cleaned.” Actually, placing VapoRub can disrupt the wholesome stability of micro organism and pH ranges in the vagina, which makes issues worse and may introduce different infections.
“Use plain, unperfumed soaps to wash the area around the vagina (the vulva), not inside it, gently every day.” Dr. Vanessa Mackay, a gynecologist and spokeswoman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, informed . “It’s a good idea to avoid perfumed soaps, gels and antiseptics, as these can affect the healthy balance of bacteria and pH levels in the vagina and cause irritation.”
And should you assume that it is OK to use Vicks, so long as it isn’t in your vagina, that is additionally going to be a no from the specialists.
“Counter irritants (like some of the ingredients in the VapoRub) often produce unpleasant sensations. Basically you are replacing one unpleasant sensation with another one that is less unpleasant. A normal vagina or vulva should have no unpleasant sensations. It is not uncommon to see vaginal reactions to counter irritants placed on the vulva as the mucosa (inside the vagina) is more sensitive to irritants. It is very hard to apply something on the vulva and have it not seep into the vagina,” she wrote.
If you are frightened about an disagreeable odor, itching or irregular secretions, do your self a favor: Skip Dr. Google, speak to an actual physician and save that VapoRub on your chest colds.