You might think that the title of this article is the kind of thing that doesn’t need to be said…
One of the latest health trends apparently involves exactly that – inserting ‘herbal tampons’ in a bid to try and ‘detox the womb’.
As you can possibly already guess, there’s so much wrong with this concept that it’s hard to know where to start…
The small, round tampons are called ‘pearls’ and are sold by a company called Embrace Pangaea. The company suggests these products can “cleanse the womb and return it to a balance state”, which is useful seeing as the womb is a “vessel that can hold on to emotional, physical, and spiritual trauma and pain.”.
The pearls are essentially tiny bags that contain perfumed herbs including Mothersworth, Borneal, Cnidium monnieri, Angelica and Rhizoma.
Some text next to a picture of the pearls on the website reads proudly: “Did you used our product & love it?”.
Elsewhere on the site it says “For best results please follow our 7 tips in order to achieve the best results”. One such piece of advice “Afterwords, the detox should be removed.”
That should probably be a sign…
Why It’s a Terrible Idea
Buying anything online that you intend to insert into your body is always a risky business but when the website isn’t even spelled properly, you know you’re taking your life into your own hands.
But terrible editing aside, what’s more worrying is the entire concept of inserting herbs into the vagina…
Not only does this risk damaging the lining of the vagina, it could also negatively affect the friendly bacteria (lactobacilli) that lives there. There’s a strong chance that the products could cause infection and it could even lead to fatal toxic shock syndrome.
One gynaecologist, Dr Jen Gunter, wrote a strongly-worded blog post on the subject, saying the same thing:
"Your uterus isn’t tired or depressed or dirty and your vagina has not misplaced its chakra. These herbs... could be damaging to your lactobacilli (the good bacteria) or be directly irritating to the vagina mucosa (the lining) and both of these outcomes will increase your risk of infection."
In fact, there’s actually no scientific evidence that detoxing of any kind will have any benefit and products that claim they offer detoxification generally can’t back this up with any actual explanation.
The body doesn’t need ‘detoxing’ because it does that naturally – that’s what your liver and kidneys are for. You don’t have ‘toxins’ building up in your body and if you did, inserting a bag of herbs into your vagina certainly wouldn’t be the best way to remove them.
Avoid this product like the plague.