“If you have a vagina you should definitely not do this”

But… but… I read it on the Internet!!!

A doctor has today warned women not to succumb to a bizarre and dangerous trend of using a cucumber as a douche for the vagina which is currently sweeping the web.

Dubbed the ‘vagina facial’, the odd craze involves inserting the peeled salad staple into your intimate parts before twisting it around for about 20 minutes or longer.

Bloggers claim the fruit’s high vitamin content sanitises your genitals and gives it a pleasant odour, and can even reduce the chances of getting sexually transmitted infections.

But an expert has warned the practice could actually leave you at a greater risk of infections like gonorrhoea and even HIV.

Canadian gynaecologist Dr Jen Gunter says this is because washing with a cucumber upsets the natural pH balance of your intimate bits.

Furthermore, she said that it will in fact cause a bad smell as she warned ‘if you have a vagina you should definitely not do this’.

‘This idea that some kind of vaginal cleansing is required, be it a peeled cucumber or the “feminine washes” sold at drugstores, is misogyny dressed up as health care and I am having none of it,’ she wrote on her blog.

“Vaginas are not dirty. Study after study after study tells us that douches, cleanses, steams, vinegar, pH balancing products, aloe, colloidal silver, garlic or whatever else passing as the vaginal snake oil du jour at best do nothing but have real potential for harming good bacteria or disrupting the mucosal surface.

“By damaging lactobacilli and the mucosa, attempts at vaginal cleaning increase a woman’s risk of contracting gonorrhoea or HIV if she is exposed.
“Paradoxically, it will also cause odour.”

Not to put too fine a point on it, just put in there what nature meant to go in there.  And if you can do that for 20 minutes, or longer, your life will be better for it.  

Dr Gunter also warned that all kinds of fungi, and other bugs that can be picked up in a vegetable patch, could end up thriving in your vagina.

She added: “Cucumbers seem prone to all kinds of nasty fungi and I just don’t think anything capable of getting blossom end rot [a type of vegetable rot] should go in a vagina.

“All in all I’d say it’s probably wise to not introduce an object with unknown plant microorganisms into your vagina.

“And no, a little wash in the kitchen sink it’s going to sterilise the cucumber.”
Vaginas are ‘self-cleaning’.

She stresses that women should be assured that douches are unnecessary as vaginas are designed to clean themselves.

Dr Gunter even posted a Tweet to say: “A vagina takes care of itself. Like a self cleaning oven.”

OK then.  That’s enough Internet for one day.


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