An ice lolly, the frozen and often sweet treat, sounds perfect for the hot summer season. That is if it only goes down your mouth and not on women’s genital parts.
As the United Kingdom suffers from record-high heat and is set to be hit by scorching temperatures of up to 39 degrees celsius today with the heatwave still plaguing the country, women are trying to be creative with how they’re trying to stay cool.
Some people would sit in front of their fans or while some seek the refuge of airconditioned buildings; some, however, are sticking ice lollies in their vaginas, an emerging trend that doctors are warning not to do.
In various reports, they’re saying that that seemingly ridiculous idea is in fact a thing some women do to keep their private parts cool amidst the scorching heat.
In a tweet, a user said that she tried sticking an ice lolly down her vagina and found it to be a great idea. Meanwhile, another user tweeted that she apparently found a woman on the internet having her vagina penetrated by an ice lolly with utter disbelief.
However, doctors are saying that doing so will compromise women’s sensitive genitals and would potentially expose women to unwanted infections or illnesses.
Dr. Sarah Welsh, the co-founder of HANX, a condom brand, tells an outlet that “there are many things that should never go near a vagina, and ice lollies are up there.”
It may not be obvious for some but “the ice can stick to the delicate skin of the vagina and cause real trauma and damage,” Welsh warns.
“What’s more, putting any foodstuff inside your vagina can introduce microbes, disrupting its normal balance and allowing an environment for bacteria to grow and infections to develop.”
Dr. Welsh also said that the sugar in lollies can disturb the natural pH of the vagina and cause a rash or irritation on and the surrounding skin of the vagina.
“Anything with food coloring, dye, perfume or high levels of sugar will have a negative impact on vaginal pH and lactobacillus and could increase the risk of vaginal infection such as thrush and bacterial vaginosis,” consultant gynecologist, Dr. Anne Henderson told an outlet.
“Additives can also be potentially irritant in such a sensitive area as the vagina causing local inflammation and discomfort.”
Furthermore, Dr. Henderson noted that the trend of sticking ice lollies in your private parts is a “pointless exercise.” Particularly, the feeling of ‘hotness’ in your vagina is similar to what your core body temperature—includes your internal body organs—is feeling. Basically, all of these ‘hotness’ is set by your brain, so sticking an ice lolly can only do so much than give temporary relief before you’ll start feeling hot again.
“The body is very good at autoregulation and it is never a good idea to tamper,” Dr. Henderson says as a reminder.
If you’re still not convinced, the entire ordeal is also a very messy and sticky activity because the ice lolly will melt and eventually have you take a bath.
Instead, doctors say that a cold shower or bath will suffice and give your private parts the much-deserved cooling it needs. They even say that rubbing a water ice cube near the vagina’s extremities will also be fine if you’re really seeking that intense coolness.
Others also recommend wearing loose cotton underwear and avoiding tight clothing to prevent any irritation or dermatitis from developing.
If you’re feeling kinky with your partner, an ice lolly or any other food just won’t do. All you’re asking for is a quick trip to the hospital or a very annoying itch.
In general, this is not the first time women were warned not to stick things down their vaginas.
Earlier this year it was revealed that women have been sticking garlic cloves up there to try and treat thrush.
According to an old wives’ tale, putting a clove in there for three days can clear things up.
But it prompted gynecologist Dr. Jennifer Gunter to send out a series of tweets warning women that the vagina is the “perfect” environment for botulism bacteria to grow, among other things.
Botulism is an incredibly serious condition which can leave people paralyzed and at worst, is fatal.
Other times, women have been warned against parsley and bath bombs, too.