It’s also claimed that the sticks will eliminate vaginal discharge.
And this is where we remind everyone, once again, that the vagina is a self-cleaning, self-regulating, generally wonderful thing.
It’s not supposed to be a pencil-narrow suction cup, and it’s most definitely NOT supposed to be discharge-free (discharge is all part of our lovely cleaning process. Accept it. Love it).
We won’t even get into the very damaging idea that women need to ‘tighten ourselves’ to make themselves desirable to men, because frankly, we could argue on about that for hours.
So let’s just focus on all the potential negative effects these sticks could have on your vagina, remembering that these products have not been properly tested or regulated by any health-themed governing body.
Dr Jen Gunter explains that the chemicals in these sticks work to temporarily dry out the vagina – a very bad thing.
She writes: ‘The lack of wetness and pain from the resulting abrasions may also cause the pelvic floor to spasm during sex (not in a good way) and this will tighten the vaginal opening (which can make insertion painful).
‘Practices that dry the vagina are known to increase the transmission of sexually transmitted infections. never mind make sex painful for the woman.
‘If the Japanese vaginal stick can only be inserted for 2 minutes then it is almost certainly a direct caustic effect from chemicals.
‘But if it does have some effect on the vagina it’s like over washing your hands until they are dried and cracked and bleeding, but achieved in 2 minutes. In the vagina.’
And, as Dr Jen reminds us, vaginas are SUPPOSED to be relaxed and wet during sex. That’s what makes sex pleasurable.
So, to recap. Please, please do not use herbal sticks to ‘tighten’ your vagina. Don’t put any herbs up there, in fact.
If you’re genuinely feeling concerned about tightness, we’d recommend trying kegels.
Your vagina is amazing and can pretty much left alone to do its business. Love it and leave it be.
Why You Should NEVER Use A Vaginal Tightening Stick
4/ 5Oleh Indira Tanisyah