A wealth of online forums are encouraging women to put vinegar into their vaginas in a bid to tighten things up down there.
Vinegar fans are suggesting mixing apple cider vinegar with water then soaking a tampon in the concoction.
As well as the (wrong) assumption that the dilution will help tighten the vagina, people think it will clean up any ‘excess’ menstrual residue.
One expert has unsurprisingly dismissed the claims. She says that women could actually be doing more harm than good with the super acidic substance.
Professor Linda Cardozo from London’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists warned that the vinegar could disrupt the vagina’s ‘good’ bacteria, putting women at a higher risk of irritation and infections.
She also pointed out that vaginas are self-cleaning, so no removal of ‘menstrual residue’ is necessary.
“Putting cider vinegar in your vagina would not only be uncomfortable but it also has the potential to cause damage and disrupt the natural flora of the vagina,” Professor Cardozo told Metro.
If women are worried about the looseness of their vaginas, she recommends performing pelvic floor exercises three to four times a day.
“There are various different ways in which women can carry out pelvic floor exercises but the easiest is to sit or stand comfortably with knees slightly apart and then draw up the pelvic floor muscles as if trying to avoid passing urine or flatus,” she commented.
Each contraction should last around 10 seconds to help strengthen and tone the vagina.
For anyone suffering from looseness due to pelvic organ prolapse, Professor Cardozo recommends a trip to a GP.
So there you have it. Yet another thing you obviously shouldn’t be putting inside yourself.
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