Women are using toothpaste to "tighten" their vaginas in dangerous new trend
While there are tons of ads and articles in the media out there to make you feel insecure about the way your body is naturally supposed to be, there's no harm in trying to change the way you or your body looks if that's what you really want. We're all for body positivity but we're also here for those who want to be who they want to be and look the way they want to. But whatever image you're looking to create, it's best not to let those insecurities tamper with your health. Especially what's between your legs, ladies. Your vagina is supposed to look a certain way, smell a certain way, it's all-natural! Resorting to ridiculous fads like making your vagina smell minty fresh or tighter using toothpaste ( which is meant for your teeth!) is a dangerous trend, and medical experts agree.
Vanessa Mackay, consultant gynecologist and spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists tells Metro.co.uk, "It is a myth that toothpaste will tighten the vagina. Putting toothpaste into the vagina, or on the vulva, would not only be uncomfortable but it could also cause serious damage and disrupt the natural flora of the vagina leading to the potential for infections like bacterial vaginosis and thrush."
Most of the time toothpaste has scrubby, abrasive bits that can hurt the vaginal wall and make you prone to infections and pain. A medical doctor, Dr. Oluwole Yusuf, echoes the same expert opinion. According to Daily Post, he told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that this obsession by women to have a tight vagina was unhealthy and using toothpaste was dangerous. The vagina is a self-cleaning organ and doesn't require help. "Toothpaste is caustic and too abrasive for a sensitive body part like the vagina and using such on it can destroy the organisms meant to protect the vagina from possible infections. When the vagina can no longer protect itself, the body is prone to infections which could later destroy the tubes and block the chances of getting pregnant," Dr. Yusuf said.
He advised women not to be body shamed for something so natural and be pressured into something that can affect their health for the sake of aesthetics. Don't let your sexual partner tell you otherwise and worst of all, don't do it to yourself. "Be confident in yourself and allow your body to be the way it is. There are different healthy exercises or practices that can be done that will slowly tighten the vagina without posing a threat to the woman." If you still want a 'tight' vagina do it the right way. "Kegel exercises and Yoga exercise are part of the exercises that can make the vagina tight without engaging in harmful practices," he said.
Other myths like vaginas that become loose due to so excessive sexual activity should not be encouraged either. Do not attempt DIY methods of using vinegar, toothpaste, or vagina tightening sticks. If you are so concerned about the appearance or tightness or smell of your vagina, speak to a professional about your problems rather than trying any methods that aren’t backed by science.