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Don’t put ground up wasp nest in your vagina

Sometimes to distract myself from the hot mess in the White House I Google unusual vaginal therapies and today’s BINGO comes from that gynecological gem that is Etsy, purveyor of not only vaginal herb balls but also of balls of wasp detritus and bark meant for the vagina.

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What, you ask, are oak galls? Well my friend they are balls of bark and wasp excreta that once nurtured a wasp larva (so I suppose there may also be wasp larval residue, not sure what that might be but an image of saliva dripping from the Alien Queen comes to mind).

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Oak galls grow when a gall wasp punctures an oak tree and deposits larva. This process is apparently quite an irritant for the tree, which secretes tannic and gallic acids that creating a round formation known as a gall nut or an oak apple. The hole (see image above) is where the wasplette drilled its way to freedom. The image below has the larvae intact.

 

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I’m not one to turn my nose up at bark, after all salicylate-rich plants have been used for centuries for pain and fever and led us to Aspirin and paclitaxel (a chemotherapy drug) comes from the bark of the Pacific yew tree, however, astringents especially untested ones don’t go in the vagina. This is what the seller on Etsy claims:

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This product follows the same dangerous pathway of other “traditional” vaginal practices, meaning tightening and drying the vagina which is both medically and sexually (for women anyway) undesirable. Drying the vaginal mucosa increases the risk of abrasions during sex (not good) and destroys the protective mucous layer (not good). It could also wreak havoc with the good bacteria. In addition to causing pain during sex it can increase the risk of HIV transmission. This is a dangerous practice with real potential to harm. Here’s a pro-tip, if something burns when you apply it to the vagina it is generally bad for the vagina.

GYNO Etsy seems all about dry tight vaginas. I’m thinking they should back away from the medicinal products, you know? It’s promoting a both a bad sexual ideal, that something must be wrong if your vagina is damp, and a dangerous practice. While many women won’t buy this product it’s just one more bullshit message about vaginal health. It’s no wonder there are so many useless and/or harmful products on drugstore shelves designed to dry and clean vulvas and vaginas.

So don’t put dried up wasp’s nest in your vagina. I feel pretty confident in offering that up as medical advice and for goodness sake don’t tell Paltrow. She let bees sting her face so she might be all over vaginal vespatherapy.

Discussion

26 thoughts on “Don’t put ground up wasp nest in your vagina

  1. I have nothing, nothing.

    I wish I had no conscience, then I could open an Etsy shop selling all manner of crap. Pinecones, used teabags, used filter wool from my aquarium, drain hair, all guaranteed to make the vagi… Nope, can’t even say that in jest!

    I mean, the ancient Egyptians used to shove dried dung in their vaginas as contraception, the Ancient Greeks used pessaries made of cat testicles to prevent pregnancy, but it’s 2017, we don’t need to do that anymore. I cannot understand this weird obsession with ~traditional~ remedies. We have science, we don’t need random detritus.

    Posted by Boostick | May 16, 2017, 11:30 pm
  2. Oak galls were once used to make ink for writing.

    Posted by korhomme | May 17, 2017, 12:11 am
  3. Seems that if you have a vagina you are required to make it shrink as tiny as possible–reductio ad absurdum, make it vanish entirely…a nice counterpart for the requirement to diet until you just wither away…and a complement to the supposed need for men to have bigger and bigger penii. Can’t have anyone think their body is okay now can we?
    Sounds like some people’s brains shrank some.

    Posted by Angiportus | May 17, 2017, 7:13 am
    • I cannot resist the pedantry, so I will apologize in advance. The correct Latin plural of penis is penes, not penii. It would only be the latter if it were “penius,” which doesn’t exist.

      Posted by drgaellon | May 17, 2017, 2:05 pm
      • Pedantry is only acceptable with advance apologies 😳

        Posted by Dr. Jen Gunter | May 17, 2017, 2:20 pm
      • I’m going to look that up, and if it’s true, it is my favorite thing that I learned today.

        Posted by Jodi Hillhouse | May 20, 2017, 6:22 pm
      • To be even more pedantic, the plural of ‘penis’ depends on whether you are talking Latin or American.

        In the UK, it’s usually ‘penises’.

        😉

        Posted by korhomme | May 21, 2017, 2:01 am
      • Reminds me of some annoying people who think the plural of virus is virii. I’m an infection diseases biologist and anybody who actually knows anything about viruses calls them viruses. IDK Latin but I read somewhere that virii is grammatically wrong too.

        As for dicks I don’t think penises vs penes is a UK vs US thing. It’s a common usage vs academic literature usage thing.

        Posted by Xenobio | May 21, 2017, 3:35 am
    • For real. I had an ex tell me I could make my vagina tighter if I wanted and then equated that to him wanting a bigger penis. I said “that’s not the same thing and I am happy with the way my vagina is”. He said he was too and then didn’t pursue the conversation but god damn I was a little irked at that.

      Posted by Something | May 21, 2017, 1:40 am
  4. In the Middle Ages, extract of oak gall fermented with iron sulfate formed iron gall ink, the most common writing ink for hundreds of years. Most blue-black or purple-black manuscripts in the medieval period were written with this kind of ink.

    Posted by drgaellon | May 17, 2017, 2:02 pm
  5. Some women did something to their genet alia thousands of years ago. Some refuse to see what was learned showed something as harmful. We didn’t avoid it. Refuse to learn and change.

    Posted by Rich Hartman | May 17, 2017, 3:40 pm
  6. Wow. Just wow. Dry vaginas. I thought sex was supposed to be about “wet pussy.” Guess that’s out of style now? Wow…

    Posted by starry wright (@starrywizdom) | May 18, 2017, 9:47 am
  7. I would say that you should be calling out the specific Etsy seller, not Etsy itself. They have very little to do with what people put in thier shops. You can however report them to Etsy, as selling anything and claiming medicinal qualties is actually against their TOUs.

    Posted by Jennifer Raney | May 19, 2017, 12:25 pm
  8. what ever happened to taking regular showers? I am a woman and not ashamed of my vagina!

    Posted by linda allen | May 19, 2017, 9:29 pm
  9. Just putting it out there maybe we dont need to shrink but some men need to grow… dont body shame women with ur bite size peckers

    Posted by Emma | May 21, 2017, 7:11 am
  10. Africa is suffering trends somewhat similar… apparently men like it dry and tight, which was leading women to putting corn flower in there…. really bad idea in a continent so plagued by HIV/AIDS

    Posted by discoveringzambia | May 24, 2017, 8:26 pm

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