There's an immense pressure for women in today's society to achieve perfection when it comes to physical appearance.
Beauty has become synonymous with body image and there are many women who go to great lengths to morph their looks into what society deems ideal. Unfortunately, there have been instances in which the strive to fit mainstream standards does more harm than good.
More recently, vaginal rejuvenation treatments are taking the beauty world by storm and people are taking extreme and very dangerous measures to enhance their lady parts.
Apparently, women are using ground-up wasp nests to tighten up their vaginas.
Yes, you definitely read that right.
The Daily Mail reported that online retailers such as Etsy are selling oak galls (wasp egg nests) which women can grind into a paste that for vaginal rejuvenation. This "miracle" treatment will supposedly "restore the uterine wall after childbirth, heal an episiotomy cut and also clean out the vagina."
These claims definitely do not have any scientific bases and experts are warning women against this new practice.
Gynaecologist Dr. Jen Gunter penned a blog post condemning the trend and warning people about it.
"This product follows the same dangerous pathway of other “traditional” vaginal practices, meaning tightening and drying the vagina which is both medically and sexually (for women anyway) undesirable," Dr. Gunter wrote.
She warns that the dryness caused by using oak galls on the vagina could lead to abrasions during sex, increased risk of STI including HIV and loss of good bacteria which protects against yeast infections.
It is also never a good sign when something that's supposed to be good for your vagina hurts when you apply it.
"Here’s a pro-tip, if something burns when you apply it to the vagina it is generally bad for the vagina."
So the bottom line is that for the sake of your physical and emotional well-being, you should never put a wasp's nest in your vagina. Please, just don't.