A GLOBAL craze recommending “cleansing” vaginas by inserting a cucumber has been described as dangerous.
It’s unclear who started the trend, but it’s being reported on around the world. Women are being encouraged to peel a cucumber, put it up their punani and twist it around for 20 minutes or more.
Supporters of the “punani facial” claim that it will leave your tulip fresh and clean, and may even help protect you from STDs.
But doctors are angrily shooting down the myth, accusing people who suggest using weird things to “clean” punanis as being women-haters.
According to The New Zealand Herald, a gynaecologist called Jen Gunter has spoken out angrily about the trend.
“This idea that some kind of vaginal cleansing is required, be it a peeled cucumber or the “feminine washes” sold at drugstores, is misogyny (women-hating) dressed up as health care and I am having none of it,” she wrote on her blog.
“Vaginas are not dirty. Study after study after study tells us that douches, cleanses, steams, vinegar, pH balancing products, aloe, colloidal silver, garlic or whatever else passing as the vaginal snake oil of the day at best do nothing but have real potential for harming good bacteria or disrupting the mucosal surface.”
Such harm leaves a woman at greater risk of contracting STDs or even HIV.
Gunter says that vaginas are like “self-cleaning ovens” and don’t need products to be healthy and fresh.