Doctors warn against the dangerous new trend which implies putting wasp nests inside vaginas. Many online retailers commercialized oak galls and presented them as a natural way to make female private parts tighter, determining many women to embrace the habit. Now, doctors talked about the dangers of this practice and advise women to stop doing it.
- Online sellers commercialize wasp nests as vaginal ‘tighteners’.
- These nests are in fact oak galls where wasps nurse their larvae.
- Using them intravaginally might lead to excessive drying and burning.
These objects are, in fact, oak galls, tree protrusions which develop after the plant is exposed to certain chemicals produced by wasps and their larvae. They are not actually wasp nests, but the insects use them as a sort of nursery for their larvae.
The protrusions have the ideal environment for the development of larvae, as they host soft tissues which serve as a great food source for them. However, they are good only for insects, and gynecologists warned women not to place these oak galls in their vagina.
Wasp nests cause the vagina to dry, which makes it easier for a woman to contract STDs. Also, they affect the bacterial flora present in the vagina, which keeps other infections away. Therefore, using an oak gall puts women at risk of developing HIV or yeast infections.
Online retailers recommend using the wasp nests after childbirth. In the presentation, they say the tannin, ellagic acid, and gallic acid contained in the gall can regain the elasticity of the vagina. It is used precisely with this purpose in South East Asia. Also, the sellers recommend it as a wash solution during the menstrual cycle.
However, such practices are not advisable. Besides excessive drying, the gall might cause vaginal burns. Together with other traditional practices, inserting wasp nests into the vagina is not recommended, as it might lead to medical complications.
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