Have you heard about this? When wasps lay their larvae on a tree, the tree fights back by creating a growth around the larvae, creating a hard shell or “oak gall” which is like a nest until the larvae break free. Oak galls (or oak apples), ground into a paste for topical application, are trending as a solution for firming and toning the vagina. If you’re at your wits end in managing stress incontinence and looking for solutions, you might be tempted to give this a try. Lots of the solutions out there involve putting something into the vagina, so it’s not unreasonable that this would be considered.
However, doctors are warning against the practice because of the negative effects it can have on the sensitive mucous environment that is the vagina. Though the use of oak galls dates back centuries in India, Malaysia, China, and parts of the Middle East, doctors recommend against trying this, as the disruption to the natural healthy bacterial system of the vagina can cause dryness and lead to other issues such as abrasions, infections, or painful intercourse.
Dr. Jen Gunter, a Canadian-born gynaecologist practicing in San Franciso states: “……don’t put dried up wasp’s nest in your vagina. I feel pretty confident in offering that up as medical advice.”
If your goal is to strengthen and tighten the vaginal muscles as part of combating stress urinary incontinence, consider speaking with a women’s health professional such as a physiotherapist or urinary gynaecologist. Consider evidence-based solutions that can help resolve the issue. Some natural remedies, though centuries old, do not have any testing or evidence supporting their healing claims.
Is this trend an indicator that women are looking for natural healing alternatives to the current products on the market for pelvic health issues including the vagina and/or urinary incontinence?
What do you think? Is this (oak galls / wasps nests) something you have tried or would try to firm the vagina?