LIFESTYLE

Gynecologist warning: ‘don’t put ground wasp nest in your vagina’

A doctor specialising in women’s health was horrified to discover this product for sale.

A gynecologist is pleading with women to not take part in a dangerous ‘traditional’ practice of putting ground-up wasp-made ‘oak galls’ into their vaginas.

Dr Gunter explains that an oak gall is formed when a wasp makes a hole in the bark of an oak tree and deposits larvae there. The tree, in response, produces gallic and tannic acids which form around the larvae and create a ‘nut’. When the larvae is grown, it drills its way out of the oak gall and into the world.

These leftover nuts are now for sale as a ‘traditional’ medicinal treatment for all sorts of things, including to ‘restore elasticity’ after childbirth, improve sex lives, and even treat dental symptoms like toothache.

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Dr Gunter, writing on her blog, describes how this is, in fact, a terrible idea.

This is a dangerous practice with real potential to harm,’ she writes.

One of the qualities of a ground-up gall nut is that it acts an an astringent – which means it has drying qualities.

The product claims this is a good thing – helping ‘tighten’ the vagina.

Dr Gunter, however, disagrees:

‘Drying the vaginal mucosa increases the risk of abrasions during sex (not good) and destroys the protective mucous layer (not good). It could also wreak havoc with the good bacteria.’

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The practice could also cause women to experience pain during sex, and even increase the risk of HIV transmission.

She ends with a sentence she never expected to have to write:

‘So don’t put dried up wasp’s nest in your vagina. I feel pretty confident in offering that up as medical advice.’

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