It’s been quite the week for vaginal health - yesterday we revealed how a warning has been issued after a woman’s nether regions were burned due to “trendy” Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop-approved steaming down there.
Now, experts are asking the female population to refrain from putting chocolate up their vagina.
It’s well known the sweet stuff gets you in a good mood - studies have found a slab of cocoa contains a neuronal disinhibitor released by the brain that increases feelings of excitement, giddiness and sex drive.
But, rather than nibble on a square or two before hopping into bed, Brits seem keen to combine the two.
A doctor has revealed that while drizzling - cooled down - melted chocolate over your body during foreplay should be perfectly safe if washed off properly, it should no nowhere near your genitalia.
Consultant gynaecologist Dr Shree Datta from MyHealthcare Clinic told the Daily Star that it could cause painful burns to what is an already very sensitive area, and risks leaving you with an infection if not washed off properly.
"Chocolate is not dangerous if used in intimate areas externally and not too hot, but it is important to wash it off fully to minimise the risk of irritation,” she explained.
Dr Datta added: “"I would not recommend inserting foods into the vagina due to the risks.”
This is because any chocolate remnants left behind could be a feeding ground for harmful bacteria.
Indeed, any foreign object left in the vagina could cause infection.
But the sugar present in chocolate can throw the pH balance of its ecosystem very off balance, according to Metro.
Karin O’Sullivan, clinical lead at sexual health charity FPA, told the site: “Your vagina has a natural healthy balance which can be upset by the introduction of foreign objects.
“When it comes to food, hygiene can be an issue, with the introduction of new bacteria into your vagina.
“Sugary foods and sweets can upset the pH balance of your vagina, and serve as a food source for bacteria and yeast which can cause infection such as thrush or bacterial vaginosis.”
Any infection caused by chocolate would have to be treated by a doctor, and ironically usually involves abstinence from sexual activity for a period.