As unbelievable as this may seem, it’s true; multiple online retailers are offering ground up wasp nests or oak galls with the promise that when this is applied, it will rejuvenate and tighten the vagina. The oak galls are created by pulverizing the wasp nest and turning it into a paste. It is then applied topically to the female genital area with the end result, supposedly being a better sex life and a healthier vagina. (insert shocked emoji face here)
Online retailers claim that this paste can actually help “heal episiotomy cuts, rejuvenate the uterine wall and clean out the vagina after childbirth.” Many doctors are not at all comfortable with this product and are urging women not to believe the claims. Gynecologist, Dr. Jen Gunter is one. She has come out publicly urging women to not believe in this product’s claims; she is imploring women not to use it. She explains that what the product does is actually dry the lining of the vaginal canal. “Drying the vaginal mucosa increases the risk of abrasions during sex and destroys the protective mucous layer.” She warns about the disruption of the bacterial balance and the fact that doing so can cause serious harm.
It is shocking that people consider doing such strange things to their bodies, but marketing and buzzwords can sometimes be very persuasive. Claiming that the product comes from Asia, using phrases like, “the extract …has been found mainly to be rich in hydrolyzable tannins…”, the oak galls have been described as having been used “in ancient times.” Apparently, that’s enough for some women to give it a try. However, many doctors are strongly urging women to not fall for these claims and are actively discouraging them from using it.