Let’s not even begin with the various sorts of pleasures your vagina can bring to you, that’s why you should take a significant amount of care because that’s the place from where population begins.
The vagina contains the most delicate and sensitive skin of your entire body, and things that seem harmless can leave you with an infection, irritation, burns, or other damage. Here, 10 things you should never put in your vagina—no exceptions.
- Rubber of Soft Plastic Sex Toys
After just a little wear and tear, vibrators made from soft, flexible plastic or jelly-like rubber can develop tiny nicks and grooves where microbes can hide. Insert that into your vagina and you may have just scored yourself an infection. That’s why go with silicone, stainless steel, or hard plastic pleasure products instead, as they won’t break down and degrade.
- Fruits and Vegetables
No, it’s not safe to have sex with bananas, cucumbers or carrots. Even organic produce that’s been scrubbed clean still carries bacteria, and while it likely wouldn’t be a threat to your digestive tract, it introduces the microbes to your private parts. That can upset the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina, which means there’s potential for a lovely bacterial or yeast infection to develop.
- Pubic Hair Dye
Experimenting with the color of your pubic hair earns creativity points, sure, but it’s not a smart idea. The skin around your pubes is way more sensitive than your scalp, and if the chemicals in the dye make contact with your labia you could be in for burning sensations that won’t exactly make sex all that enticing.
- Oil-Based Lubricants
Lube is one of the fun things to put in your vag, but only certain varieties. You’ll want to steer clear of any that list oil or petroleum jelly on the ingredient label, as oil-based products are thicker and harder to wash out of your vagina, making it a breeding ground for bacteria. Plus, oil can break down latex, putting you at risk of an STD or pregnancy if your partner is wearing a latex condom.
- Douches and Intimate Sprays
Not only are douches, intimate sprays, and vaginal wipes are totally unnecessary, the vaginal canal is self-cleansing; that’s what discharge is for, using them can boost your odds of infection.
- Whipped and Chocolate Toppings
Turning your naked body into an ice cream sundae sounds sexy, except for the fact that whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and other sweet toppings are loaded with sugar. Introducing sugar to your vaginal area can mess with your pH levels and lead to a yeast infection.
- Hair Removal Cream
The chemicals often found in cream or lotion depilatories are harsh, resulting in tiny abrasions that leave your vaginal area open to infection. Another danger: Allergic reactions, which would leave you with red bumps and killer itching. Even though shaving or waxing tends to leave you with a slight rash or sensitivity for a day or so, both are safer than a chemical depilatory.
- Body Art
Another decoration danger: a below-the-belt tattoo. Getting inked anywhere on your body can trigger redness and irritation, but bikini-area skin is so delicate that a tattoo here poses a bigger health risk. Even temporary tattoos contain a dye that can inflame the vaginal area, so just say no.
- Anything With a Scent
Any household items that have a scent are not household items to put in your vagina. The perfumes used to give scents to toilet paper, novelty condoms, tampons, even soaps and body washes contain additives that leave some women with itching, inflammation, and rashes on or around the vagina.
- Vodka Tampons
We were hoping this was an urban myth, but apparently, women insert alcohol-soaked tampons into their vaginas. The point is to get a buzz once the booze is absorbed into the bloodstream. Aside from the fact that this practice can be crazy painful, it can actually cause damage the vaginal walls, she says. Hard pass, and yet another item on the list of things to never put in your vagina.