Doctors( and common sense) are warning against a pseudoscientific practise that involves feeing and putting mushed up oak galls intothe vagina, claiming it’s an organic route to clean, mend, and tighten the vagina.
The product was being peddled by a Malaysian health shop on the e-commerce site Etsy. The instructions advise a user to boil the oakgalls and then use them as a feminine hygiene wash around the time of their period. It also advises drinking one boiled oakgall for 40 days to restore elasticity of the uterine wall.
Oak galls( aka oak apples) are small spheres, usually 2 to 4 centimeters( 1 to 2 inches) in diameter, that are formed by gall wasps. The larvae of the wasps live within these galls, which they create by inducing the tree to produce abnormal growths.
The shop’s listing, which has since been removed, explains: The galls, which contain tannin and small amounts of gallic acid and ellagic acid have antimicrobial qualities and are used in South East Asia, Malaysia, and Indonesia by females after childbirth to restored the elasticity of the uterine wall.”
Some females take mankanni[ oak galls] to enhance their sex life; some say that it can tighten vagina, so they say.
Dont be fooled by this pseudoscientific patter, theres zero proof to suggest it works and it’s potentially dangerous.On top of that, it also highlights many popular misconceptions about sexual health and the vagina. Namely, the myth that merely tight and dry vaginasare desirable and healthy.
Dr Jen Gunter, a certified gynecologist, dispelled the practice in a blog post called: Dont set ground up wasp nest in your vagina. Dr Gunter explains that the product will dry out the vagina and mess with its natural pH and healthy bacteria.
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. In addition to causing ache during sex it can increase the risk of HIV transmitting … This is a dangerous practice with real potential to harm, writes Dr Gunter.
Heres a pro-tip, if something burns when you apply it to the vagina it is generally bad for the vagina, concludes DrGunter.
This isnt the first bizarre alternative medication for vaginas found on the corners of the Internet. Last year, there were reports of an equally dangerous trend of herbal tamponsused to freshen and purify the vagina. The teabag-like product contains a mix of perfumed herbs such as motherwort, angelica, borneol, rhizoma, and Cnidium monnieri . Much like this oakgall, it was a loading of unscientific bullsh* t.