We’re pretty attached to our v**ina, especially since it brings so much fun into our lives. But we keep trying to bring some really inappropriate things into the fun. While we may think it’s exciting and kinky to be adding foods and shiny toys to play time, we really need to be a lot more careful about what goes in there, specifically, these ten things:
1 Fruit and vegetables
Bananas and cucumbers have been notoriously labeled as the “naughty” or a “let me try that just once” gadget due to its shape, size, and easy accessibility during experimental years.
But Dr. Yvonka, a clinical sexologist, warns against it: “This is a big no-no and can be quite risky health-wise due to the variety of little critters and bacteria it is exposed to!” No matter how well you clean those fruits and veggies, chances are they’re still carrying around critters, dirt, and bacteria.
Food in general is a good idea to keep above the belt, not below. Just because they’re man-hood-shaped doesn’t mean they belong near your v**ina.
Douching can reduce natural bacteria in the v**ina, introduce foreign bacteria, and irritate the mucous lining. It’s also been scientifically linked to pelvic inflammatory disease, chlamydia, gonorrhea, bacterial vaginitis, cervical cancer, reduced fertility, and ectopic pregnancy, says Taylor Stokes, a sexpert at Free Your V.
3 Hair dye
Sure, we all want to show men our pink, heart-shaped welcome mat. But beware: our skin down there is way more sensitive than on our head, meaning hair-dye related burns and irritations are far more likely. And if you’re really adamant about dyeing your pubic hair, do your research first and find products that are free of irritants.
4 Certain lubricants
Lubes that contain parabens, petrochemicals, DEA, glycerin, methylisothiazolinone, and fragrance are a big no-no. Many of these ingredients are linked to cancer, hormone balance disruption, and skin irritations, says Stokes. Also be aware that oil-based lubes are thicker and harder to cleanse out of your lady parts, which can lead to infection.
5 Living things
Whatever floats your boat, ladies. But just realize that animals may decide they like it better in your vina and stick around, says Jason S. James, M.D., and medical director of FemCare Ob-Gyn, LLC. I mean, should “animals” and “your vina” even be used in the same sentence.