Docs warns women NOT to use 'vagina brush' to clean down below – it could be dangerous
THE human body is a wonderful thing and can do many functions without us having to interfere – such as self-cleaning.
That's why a product known as a "vagina brush" is completely useless and potentially even harmful, doctors have warned.
It comes after one company began promoting its product – the Blossom Brush, which can apparently be used to clean inside the vagina to clear away period blood.
Its creators say the long pink brush works by remove the excess "debris" with its grooves – and should be used every day during their cycle.
The brand claimed that it could help women “feel fresh”, making periods “more manageable”.
But gynaecologists have slammed the product as “thoroughly unnecessary” and even potentially dangerous.
Dr Jennifer Gunter called the brand out on social media, posting a photo of the product along with a caption that read: “Every day it seems as if someone comes up with a new and thoroughly unnecessary, yet harmful vaginal cleaning product marketed as empowerment.”
The brand initially responded with a statement but it’s website and social media presence have since disappeared.
Speaking to The Sun, Dr Sarah Welsh, gynaecology doctor and co-founder of HANX said products like the Blossom Brush could make you more susceptible to infections.
She said: "The blossom brush appears to be a product that is completely unnecessary and also potentially harmful.
"The brush is said to be used to clear out debris from the vagina after the menstrual cycle, but this is something that happens naturally by the body.
"I would not advise putting an external product into the vagina, as this can cause infection or even local damage to the vagina and nearby structures.
"It could affect the pH balance of the vagina, leaving you more susceptible to infections such as thrush and bacterial vaginosis."
Blossom Brush issued a statement which claimed that the product had been developed with silicon rubber and that it had been brought to the market with “good intentions”.
“The product has been safe to use among the women who have tried it, and we have had an overwhelmingly positive response among the women who have already used it.
“The benefits have included less usage of tampons and a reduction in the number of days a woman required feminine hygiene products.
“We do not believe that ANY PERSON has a “dirty” vagina and we wish to work with the gynaecological community and people who have periods to understand how to appropriately provide women with a new choice in their menstrual management.”
The NHS states that there is good bacteria in the vagina which often sticks to the walls.
The brush, which would set you back over £15 would effectively remove this.
The bacteria that sticks to the walls stops other bacteria invading the tissues.
Speaking to the Huffington Post Dr Brooke Vandermolen said that vaginal douching and cleansing is harmful and that there is no evidence that the vagina needs to be cleansed internally.
When it comes to keeping down there clean the NHS states: "It's a good idea to avoid perfumed soaps, gels and antiseptics as these can affect the healthy balance of bacteria and pH levels in the vagina and cause irritation.
"Use plain, unperfumed soaps to wash the area around the vagina (the vulva) gently every day.
"The vagina will clean itself inside your body with natural vaginal secretions (discharge)."
It does however state that cleaning more than once a day during your period might be helpful.
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