It seems silly to have to say this, but please don’t put crushed up wasp nests into your vagina. Apparently women have been doing this in an attempt to tighten and rejuvenate their vaginas, but it’s a really bad idea.
According to the Daily Mail, women are putting crushed oak galls — nests that house wasp eggs and larvae — into their vaginas. Apparently, people believe this ground-up substance will “restore the uterine wall after childbirth, heal an episiotomy cut and also clean out the vagina.”
Although oak galls are known to have some medicinal properties (they’re used in traditional medicine to treat certain infections), they are not meant to tighten and restore the vagina.
Even if there is any truth to the “rejuvenation” claims, there are so many potential side effects that it’s definitely not worth it. According to Popular Science, oak galls contain astringents, which can irritate and dry out your vagina. This can lead to painful increased friction during intercourse and bad infections.
Putting strange substances into your vagina is never a good idea, and wasp nests are no exception.
A recent trend in the vaginal rejuvenation world insists women should put ground-up wasp nests in their vaginas.
According to the University of Kentucky, oak galls, also known as oak apple galls, “are large rounded growths that are filled with a spongy mass. A single wasp larva is located in a hard seed-like cell in the center.”
Oak galls have been used for centuries to create ink, but more recently women have begun putting powdered oak galls into their vaginas.
Doctors say this practice is not only questionable but could actually be dangerous.
OB-GYN Christine Greves told Women’s Health that oak galls haven’t been extensively studied when it comes to the vagina. Because of the lack of research, it’s not a good idea to put this substance into your vagina.
Not only are ground oak galls not healthy, they can also be dangerous. Powdered oak galls can cause vaginal dryness, which can increase risk of infection and vaginal odor.
Oak galls are available for purchase on websites like Etsy and Amazon.
Many sellers claim that oak gall powder can help in vaginal tightening and cleansing.
Some sellers explain that it might sting when you apply the powdered substance to your vagina.
As Dr. Jen Gunter explained in a blog post, “Here’s a pro-tip, if something burns when you apply it to the vagina it is generally bad for the vagina.”
The availability of the product does not mean it’s doctor-approved.
If you have any vaginal issues, you should always discuss it with your doctor. Don’t try to figure it out on your own.
And if you ever have questions about the validity of a supposed “health product,” ask your doctor about it!
Moral of the story: Don’t put wasp nests in your vagina!