7 internet trends (very) dangerous for the vagina

Make-up, piercing, glitter, vabbing… Be careful not to follow the often absurd or even dangerous trends for the vagina that are shared on the social networks TikTok, Instagram… sometimes even by stars like Kim Kardashian or Gwyneth Paltrow.

of vagina. We know his name, we know more or less where he is not always what it is for and especially how much care should be taken. Determined between the bladder and the rectum, vagina it is about ten centimeters. It ends in a “cuckoo” at the level of cervix and so it is separated from the uterus. It’s all in length, “and not like a cave” underscores Dr. Odile Bagot, gynecologist in her book “Vagin&Cie. We tell you everything” (Mango Publications). “The vagina has no cavity, his walls touch when he is at rest yet their elasticity is such that they allow the passage of a baby, a penis, a tampon.” They live in the vagina many bacteria which naturally coexist very well. “Vaginal flora is home to 90% of microbes lactobacilli also called Döderlein’s bacillus”, explains the gynecologist. They offer one Vaginal pH between 3.8 and 4.5 be slightly acidic. They are also the ones at the origin of White discharge. In the remaining 10% of microbes : fungi such as Candida albicans, coli bacteria, streptococcus and gardnerella vaginalis. This balance must remain compromised to allow infections to develop (vulvovaginitis, mycosis…).

1. Putting food in her vagina unbalances the flora

put some yogurt in the vagina to avoid infections or parsley to better regulate the menstrual cycle. Trends that have made a lot of talk on the Internet. Fortunately, in reality “These cases are limited to a microcosm” reassures Dr. Odile Bagot, gynecologist. Risks: “Putting chopped parsley in the vagina will change its pH and flora. Lactobacilli (the good bacteria present in the vagina, editor’s note) will be downgraded in favor of other microbes like gardnerella that can cause vaginosis warns the specialist. of vaginosis is characterized by very liquid dischargelittle color, little irritation, and above all, a stench like that of rotten fish.

2. Painful piercing during sex

There they are piercings that can be placed at the level of the labia minora of the vulva or the clitoris. They really do not pose any danger to Dr. Odile Bagot “In addition to surface infection and TO DO a little pain during foreplay“so it’s better to think about removing them before the act. To avoid infection : Wash your hands thoroughly (with soap and water) before touching the piercing, clean with a mild antiseptic. In case of redness or discharge, consult a doctor.

“The less you touch the vagina, the better”

3. We forget the weight that consists in the composition of the vagina

or vaginal lip lightening cream Or just a lipstick? Appreciated by several American personalities as Kim Kardashian, of vaginal makeup or “vontouring” it is not without risk. In addition to being useless (since it is not visible), it puts make-up ingredients (which are not biological) in contact with the mucous membrane. Risks: “These cosmetics are full of endocrine disruptors which will pass through the vaginal mucosa and end immediately in the blood” warns Dr. Bagot. And unlike a cream applied to the skin, there is no stratum corneum to act as a barrier. In summary: we forget!

4. Glow in the vagina can cause allergies

introduce a vaginal pill that releases “candy-flavored” flavored flakes. during the act, unimaginable? No way. or The American company proposed it during the summer of 2017…and it was very successful. For Dr. Odile Bagot “If the couple likes it and it’s exciting, why not”. However, subject to product support. “A contact allergy to the passage of chemicals into the blood is not impossible. There may be one irritant and allergic effect, the product modifies the acidity of the vagina by increasing the pH which will disturb the flora. Furthermore, nothing is known about the components that are all likely to cross the vaginal wall.”

5. Vaginal sauna can burn and promote yeast infections

In 2018, Canadian Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reported the case of a 62-year-old woman who tested vaginal spray (vaginal swelling, v-steaming or “vaginal sauna”) to reduce vaginal prolapse from which she suffered and avoided an operation. Advised by a traditional Chinese healer, she mixed the herbs drugs in a pot of boiling water before sitting a little higher for 20 minutes. After 2 days of “treatment”, she consulted an emergency department for second degree burns, which are very painful to treat… Vaginal steaming – which therefore consists of exposing your vagina to very hot steam – “Is one increasingly popular method that women use to strengthen and rejuvenate their vagina” says Dr. Magali Robert in the newspaper. Protected by the actress Gwyneth Paltrowavailable at some spas in the United States and “is it has long been used in some Asian and African cultures Dr. Robert continues. In social networks, there are pages that offer the sale ofvaginal herbs that “provide relaxation and rejuvenation” and women sharing their techniques. Some, for example, pour boiling water directly on the toilet before sitting on it. Several doctors have reacted to this dangerous “trend”. Dr Vanessa Mackay, spokeswoman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in England, recalled that the vagina was self-cleansing and did not require any additional treatment. “The vagina contains good bacteria, which are there to protect it. Steam in the vagina can affect this healthy balance of bacteria and pH and cause irritation, infection – such as bacterial vaginosis or yeast infection – and inflammation.

6. Vabbing can transmit STIs

Appeared during the summer of 2022 on the social network TikTok, vabbing (contraction of “vagina” (vagina in French) and “dabbing” (dapping in French) consists of apply her vaginal secretions to the body as a perfume ; on the neck, décolletage, wrists… with the aim ofattract new partners thanks to the pheromones present in these liquids natural. “We cannot say with certainty, based on the studies (which have only been conducted on animals, editor’s note), that human pheromones affect human sexual behavior.” American dermatologist Blair Murphy-Rose commented on New York Post. above all “Vaginal fluids can transmit germs to another person through physical contact, including sexually transmitted infections (STI) like gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis, although the risk of transmission is certainly much higher during sexual intercourse” she explained.

7. Douching undresses the vagina a lot!

“We don’t clean the vagina, Dr. Odile Bagot recalls. Vaginal toilet, that is, the fact of cleaning it inside, should be avoided from then onit is naturally self-cleaning.” Necessary clean only the vulva between the labia minora. “The ideal is thatuse a suitable gynecological soap for daily cleansing (see label) but if you use a different soap or shower gel and if you bear it well, you can go on with it. As long as there is no irritation or dryness, no worries.” explains the specialist. Before repeating it “The less you touch the vagina, the better”.

Thanks to Dr. Odile Bagot, gynecologist in her book “Vagin&Cie. We tell you everything” (Mango Publications). Comments collected in 2019.

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