A doctor has warned against a vaginal trend that uses a ground-up wasp nest to help tighten the vagina, calling it dangerous.
Natural ingredients are commonly used and endorsed for home remedies, but Canadian gynecologist Jen Gunter says people must be warned against using wasp nests for “vaginal rejuvenation.”
Oak galls, which house wasp eggs, are being sold online, and retailers claim that grinding it into a paste will restore the uterine wall after childbirth, heal an episiotomy cut and also clean out the vagina.
Oak galls are formed when a gall wasp lays eggs in a tree’s leaf buds and the larva will then develop while inside the gall.
However, Dr Gunter has revealed in her blog that it is not recommended and it is “dangerous” as it could lead to adverse side effects – including painful sex, a lack of healthy bacteria and an increased risk of contracting HIV.
“This product follows the same dangerous pathway of other “traditional” vaginal practices,” she says.
“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 pain during sex it can increase the risk of HIV transmission. This is a dangerous practice with real potential to harm.”
Health website, the Female Renewal Solution, claims that oak gall can help prevent cervical cancer and is ‘all you need’ to make the vagina ‘tighter instantly and overnight.’
Etsy retailer, HeritageHealthShop, also claimed that the galls could improve sex lives and could be used on cuts. HeritageHealthShop does warn that the paste will hurt but said it was due to the “galls’ powerful astringent”.
Yet, Dr Gunter said: “Here’s a pro-tip, if something burns when you apply it to the vagina it is generally bad for the vagina.”