Women are putting toothpaste on their vagina over the myth that the coolness of the household product can help tighten their lady parts. But, in reality, they are exposing themselves to infection and other diseases.
Dr. Yusuf Oluwole from Nigeria has said that the myth has trivialized women in his country that a loose vagina can be re-tightened by a toothpaste. He even went to say that it has become an obsession for some women in Nigeria after being inspired by household remedy gossip.
However, Yusuf says that putting toothpaste on the vagina can cause inflammation, irritation, and even infertility.
“Toothpaste is caustic and too abrasive for a sensitive body part like the vagina and using such on it can destroy the organisms meant to protect the vagina from possible infections,” Yusuf told a Nigerian outlet.
“When the vagina can no longer protect itself, the body is prone to infections which could later destroy the tubes and block the chances of getting pregnant.”
Later on, he noted that women should not feel conscious or insecure regarding the looseness or tightness of their vaginas and that they should also not be “body-shamed” by their partners into partaking in dangerous practices.
“If a man tells you that you are too loose down there and you want to ruin your future because of that, he will eventually leave you for another. Be confident in yourself and allow your body to be the way it is.”
Instead, Yusuf said there are other exercises or practices that women can try out to slowly tighten their vagina.
“Kegel exercises and yoga exercise are part of the exercises that can make the vagina tight without engaging in harmful practices,’’ Yusuf said.
Scientifically speaking, there’s no such thing as a “loose” vagina. A vagina may change over time due to age and childbirth, but it won’t lose its stretch permanently.
The myth of a “loose” vagina has historically been used as a way to shame women for their sex lives. In other cultures, a “loose” vagina has also been used to even slut-shame women, saying that it has become “loose” due to having excessive sex with multiple partners.
Notably, the vagina is elastic. Similar to every other muscle in the body, the vagina can expand and contract. This means it can stretch to accommodate foreign things coming in and out in such as a penis or a sex toy. Even after childbirth, your vagina will snap back to its previous shape after some time.
On the other side of the topic, it’s important to know that a “tight” vagina may be a sign of an underlying concern, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort during penetration.
Your vaginal muscles naturally relax when you’re aroused. If you’re not turned on, interested, or physically prepared for intercourse, your vagina won’t relax, self-lubricate, and stretch.
Tight vaginal muscles, then, could make a sexual encounter painful or impossible to complete. Extreme vaginal tightness could also be a sign of vaginismus — this is a treatable physical disorder that affects 1 in every 500 women according to the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Vaginismus is a pain that happens before or during penetration — including sexual intercourse, slipping in a tampon, or inserting a speculum during a pelvic exam.