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Weird Vicks VapoRub vagina trend

Vicks VapoRub Ointment, Nasal decongestant, Cough Suppressant. Picture: Vicks
Vicks VapoRub Ointment, Nasal decongestant, Cough Suppressant. Picture: Vicks

IT seems there is no end to the bizarre things people on the internet suggest women use on their vaginas.

After Gwyneth Paltrow recommended women steam clean their vaginas and insert a jade egg inside themselves on her lifestyle website GOOP, now it seems Vicks VapoRub is making an appearance as a way to boost your sex life, soothe itching, clean your intimate areas and maintain odour pleasant down there.

An alarming number of blogs and forums suggest the ointment, intended to be used on the chest and under the nose to ease breathing when you have a cough or cold, can be used on your most intimate area.

Some even suggest it can protect you against yeast infections.

While these claims may all sound great, they're simply not true.

Dr Vanessa Mackay, a gynaecologist and spokeswomen for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, previously told The Sun Online: "Mild soap or a mild shower cream and water is all that you need to wash the outside of your bottom, front and back.

"And you don't need to wash your vagina - it self-cleans.

It’s meant for clearing your airways when you have a cold, but some blogs and online forums are encouraging women to use Vicks VapoRub as a sex aid or hygiene product. Picture: Vicks
It’s meant for clearing your airways when you have a cold, but some blogs and online forums are encouraging women to use Vicks VapoRub as a sex aid or hygiene product. Picture: Vicks

"If you have any concerns about odour you need to contact your doctor."

On the topic of infections, some blogs suggest you can use VapoRub to clear up a yeast infection, also known as thrush.

No, no you can't.

Thrush is caused by a build up of yeasts in the vagina, often as a result of the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina being disrupted.

Something that can cause an upset in the natural amounts of bacteria is using products on your vagina that are not designed for the vagina.

So VapoRub will not treat your yeast infection - instead it will likely make it worse.

Gwyneth Paltrow is known for offering women vagina care advice on her website GOOP. Picture: Getty Images for Michael Kors
Gwyneth Paltrow is known for offering women vagina care advice on her website GOOP. Picture: Getty Images for Michael Kors

The NHS advice on how to avoid getting thrush includes using water to clean the vagina no more than once a day and avoid irritants like perfumed soaps, shower gels, vaginal deodorants, wipes and douches.

Vanessa added: "It [the vagina] contains good bacteria, which are there to protect it from infections.

"Disturbing the natural flora through extensive cleaning can lead to infection, such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush, and inflammation.

"It's a good idea to avoid perfumed soaps, gels and antiseptics as these can affect the healthy balance of bacteria and pH levels in the vagina and cause irritation.

"Using Vicks VapoRub on the vagina would not only be uncomfortable but also has the potential to cause damage and disrupt the natural flora of the vagina.

"It is a myth that any products need to be used to odourise or clean the vagina.

"Use plain, unperfumed soaps to wash the area around the vagina (the vulva), not inside it, gently every day.

"During your period, washing more than once a day may be helpful."

If you think you have thrush you should speak to your GP or pharmacist.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and is republished here with permission.


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