Why Women Are Rubbing Vicks VapoRub On Their Vaginas

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Please don’t do this.

The internet is often times full of useful information. When we have questions about our health, it’s the first place we turn to. Our Google browser can be beneficial at times, but on the opposite end of the spectrum, you could be left with a nasty infection of sorts if you take bad advice.

Nasty infections are exactly what is happening to women who have fallen into the trap of the new “health” trend: putting Vicks VapoRub on vaginas.

Why are they using VapoRub on their vaginas, you ask? There are many different reasons, but three of the most common is to help improve their sex lives, to help rid of uncomfortable itchiness, and to improve the odor and overall health down there.

Remember the simple days of using Vicks VapoRub on your chest when you had a cold or rubbing it on muscle aches? Well, when some women started surfing the web for ways to get rid of itchiness near their bikini zone, they came across some forums suggesting something their gynecologist would hate them for: using a completely unsafe product near their vagina.

In a forum for health questions, one woman posted that her vagina, just outside the labia, began to itch and bleed when scratched and she noted that when she used Vicks VapoRub, it soothed her.


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She then asked if Vicks is safe to use down there, and was met with an answer from an expert saying, “Vicks is not a good idea in this sensitive area.” This should be common knowledge to all of us — the only solutions that should be going anywhere near your vagina are water and safe lubricants.

Except, there were a lot of women following up on the forum claiming they use Vicks VapoRub on their vaginas as well. Woman after woman said, “Vicks was my savior” and, “It’s harmless and works like a charm!”

Now, what happens when someone comes across this forum and many are suggesting unhealthy ways to rid of itching and a yeast infection? They might try it.

Not only do women use Vicks VapoRub to ease some uncomfortable pain they might have down there, they are also using it to improve their sex life. The normal tingling sensation from using Vicks VapoRub on vaginas and using it during sex is sure to make things intense and sparkling — but it’s also completely unsafe and unhealthy.


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Luckily, some doctors are urging against putting VapoRub anywhere near your vagina.

Doctor Vanessa Mackay, a gynecologist and spokeswomen for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, told The Sun: "Using Vicks VapoRub on the vagina would not only be uncomfortable but also has the potential to cause damage and disrupt the natural flora of the vagina.”

When it comes down to your health and safety, listening to a doctor who specializes in the field is much safer than listening to an internet forum. And please, if you are showing any signs of a yeast infection, contact your doctor rather than turn to Vicks VapoRub.


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Caitlin Butkiewicz is a film fanatic and aspiring writer who is passionate about dogs, baseball, and pizza. Follow her on Twitter: @caitybuck.

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