Women Are Using Vicks VapoRub on Their Vaginas and the Thought of It Terrifies Us

Holy who-ha. In some really strange news reported by The Sun, Vick's VapoRub, the Latin household cure for almost every ailment on earth, has a whole new, misguided, use. Apparently, women are using the tingly salve on their va jay jays. Yes, you read that right.

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According to blogs and forums, the most common below-the-belt uses are for cleansing, lube (all that tingling…), to soothe itching and to maintain a pleasant (albeit medicinal) odor.

The problem? The decongestant is not a feminine hygiene product and is NOT meant to be used down there.

As gynecologist Dr. Vanessa Mackay told The Sun, “Using Vicks VapoRub on the vagina would not only be uncomfortable but also has the potential to cause damage and disrupt the natural flora of the vagina.”

She continues, “It is a myth that any products need to be used to odorize or clean the vagina. Use plain, unperfumed soaps to wash the area around the vagina (the vulva), not inside it, gently every day.”

Now we know Vick's is somewhat of a magic potion but we draw the line at using the potent product on our most precious parts. It just sounds painful. So, it you’re doing it, or were considering doing it, please do yourself and your body a favor, and skip it. The potential for harm just isn’t worth it.

And while it might be more convenient to grap the VapoRub out of your medicine cabinet than to hit up the sex toy shop or the drugstore for some bonafide lube, it would be a lot more trouble to visit a doctor after potentially harming yourself. Who knows what the potential side effects could be?

What will people think of next?

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