With so many vagina cleaning and freshening products being available in the market, women have lately become way too much conscious about their vagina being clean. Even after experts have always warned against using chemical and scented products for cleaning the vagina, women don't seem to stop. Vaginas have a self-cleaning system which means a healthy woman's genitals cleans itself. Same when it comes of common vaginal infections such as yeast infection, women take it upto themselves to get rid of these infections by using unhealthy home remedies. Recently a strange trend of women inserting parsley up their vaginas to induce periods was going viral that the doctors warned against. The strange practice started among women after an article in women's magazine Marie Claire suggested them to do so. However, now women are sticking garlic up their vaginas to get rid of yeast infections. Stop Putting Parsley Into Vagina to Get Periods! Doctors Warn Women Against This Harmful Practice.

While garlic may have tonnes of health benefits if you include it into your diet, inserting garlic into your vajayjays won't help! OBGYN, sexpert Dr Jennifer Gunter had to set the records straight on Twitter to explain why this is such a bad idea.

OBGYN, sexpert Dr Jennifer Gunter Twitter thread: 

She began with: "Why you should not put garlic in your vagina.

A thread. Garlic contains allicin, in THE LAB it MAY have antifungal (i.e. anti-yeast) properties. This is in a lab, not even in mice — just a dish of cells. Your vagina is not a dish of cells. #vaginaisanogarliczone"

She further explained, that while garlic may have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, there's no proof that it needs to be inserted into the vagina to reap its benefits.

"Lots of vaginal garlic aficionados (I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO TWEET THAT IN 2019, BUT HERE WE ARE) recommend inserting a clove. This means they don't understand for allicin to be released the garlic has to be cut or crushed. Sigh. #vaginaisanogarliczone," Dr Gunter further said.

Moreover, you are putting yourself at the risk of harming yourself more. Dr Gunter says, "Garlic could have bacteria from the soil. Bacteria from the soil can be pathogenic -- bad for the body. That's why we clean wounds. If you actually happen to have an inflamed yeasty vagina that soil bacteria would be more likely to infect #vaginaisanogarliczone."

She explained how all the nutrients are actually in the garlic juices.

Garlic could, in fact, cause other problems if inserted in your vagina.

Self- diagnosis or self-treatment is another big problem that is throwing off the pH balance of your vagina.

The placebo effect

She concluded her twitter thread with: "My advice, do not take medical advice from anyone recommending vaginal garlic for yeast or anything else. If you enjoyed this thread, you will like my book The Vagina Bible (August 27) #vaginaisanogarliczone. "

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So here you go, a straightforward message from the sexpert. Do not fall for anything that is not approved by medical experts.

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