Trends come and go; some focus on food and fashion, others on tech gadgets. Although some of these trends seem odd, they hardly compare to fads involving the vagina. Where some vagina trends look crazy but are ultimately harmless, others are clearly dangerous and certainly not recommended by healthcare professionals. Here are nine bizarre vaginal trends that seem too bizarre to be real.
Women who want to keep their vulva “balanced, moisturized, and purified” look no further than feminine lipsticks. These products, which are known as “feminine hygiene chapstick” claim to treat discomfort, dryness, and odor. Despite these claims about benefits, Dr. Maria Isabel Rodriguez, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Oregon Health and Science University, recommends avoiding vulva lipstick at all costs. She warns that “vulvar skin is very sensitive, and does best without any special soaps or shampoos.”
Wasp’s Nest Paste
This product is a paste that quite literally comes from a wasp’s nest, and women are putting it into their vagina. Although common sense screams that this is not a good idea, some women hoping to ‘rejuvenate’ their vagina use it as a remedy. A retailer on Etsy claims that the product not only improves one's sex life by tightening a woman’s vagina but can also be used on abrasions. However, even the seller warns that using this paste will hurt. The potential side effects are risky and seemingly endless; they include pain, infection, and an elevated risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.