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A doctor has had to come out and warn women not to put wasps' nests on their vaginas

WHY IS THIS EVEN A THING.

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YOU MIGHT SAY, why on earth would anyone put a wasps’ nest near their vagina? But in a world of vagacials, yoni eggs and vaginal steaming, we just don’t know any more.

Oak galls grow when a gall wasp deposits larva in an oak tree – the tree forms a ‘nut’ around it and when it’s ready, the baby wasp burrows free.

oak galls Source: Etsy

Oak galls (or ‘manjakani’) are used in Malaysia to make black dye, and some claim that they are also beneficial to women post-childbirth.

They’re currently being sold on Etsy as a way to “restore the elasticity of the uterine wall” – as per this now-deleted listing:

Some women take manjakani to improve their sex life; some say that it can tighten vagina, so they say [sic].

It instructs women to crush the galls into a paste to apply to the vagina, boil them to use as a ‘feminine wash’, or eat them for ‘general women’s health and wellbeing’.

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In response, Gynecologist Dr Jen Gunter (who previously gave out to Gwyneth Paltrow for peddling ‘bullsh*t’ medical advice) has written a strongly worded blog post about oak galls. Basically: Don’t do it.

It’s promoting a both a bad sexual ideal – that something must be wrong if your vagina is damp – and a dangerous practice. While many women won’t buy this product, it’s just one more bullshit message about vaginal health. It’s no wonder there are so many useless and/or harmful products on drugstore shelves designed to dry and clean vulvas and vaginas.

“Here’s a pro-tip: If something burns when you apply it to the vagina, it is generally bad for the vagina,” Dr Gunter concludes.

Simple advice, but it seems it needs to be said. DON’T PUT WASPS’ NESTS NEAR YOUR VAGINA.

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