It should go without saying that ladies should exercise caution when near their private areas.
However, this has not stopped some people from trying out whipped cream, sexy syrups, or even vegetables in the bedroom.
Genitals are extremely sensitive, so use caution.
Additionally, nobody wants to spend the night in the hospital having an unusual object removed by medical professionals from their orifices.
Read on for a list of items that should never, under any circumstances, find their way into your vagina.
What should you never put in your vagina?
1. Tea tree oil
Previously, Dr Shree Datta told women not to use tea tree oil on their vaginas.
Her warning came after women used the natural product in a bid to eliminate odours.
But worryingly, the essential oil can burn your neoplasms.
It can also mess with the pH of your body, increasing the likelihood of nasty infections developing.
Using a douche to clean can cause an imbalance of the bacteria usually found in a vagina and could lead to infection.
Conditions called pelvic inflammatory disease and bacterial vaginosis are both commonly linked to douching.
3. Chocolate syrup
While it may seem sexy to melt some chocolate in the bedroom, the aftermath can be anything but.
Sugary items can change the bacteria in your vagina and could well lead to a yeast infection, irritate the skin, or both.
The outcome of this is likely to be a nasty irritation or infection, so it’s best avoided at all costs.
4. Whipped cream
The same sugar issue applies once again here but just add dairy.
While it may be a well-known sexual act to put whipped cream on your body, it is very important to make sure it doesn’t find its way inside it.
This is, like syrup, a great way to get an infection, so make sure you avoid it.
Vaseline is a petroleum-based lubricant, while designated sex lubricants tend to be water-based.
Stick to water-based products if you want to avoid any complications.
6. Fruits and vegetables
Most fruit and vegetables spend their time growing being repeatedly sprayed with pesticides, so if one finds its way into your vagina, there’s a good chance it will be bringing its lovely bug killer with it.
If it’s enough to kill a bug, it’s probably enough to cause some issues in the human body too.
You also run the risk of it breaking while inside, which could lead to smaller fragments getting stuck and causing infection.
Stick to sex toys that have been safety tested, people.
7. Any sharp objects
This one really doesn’t need much explanation. The skin in the vagina can, like any other bit of skin, be cut.
Cuts to the vagina could not only be incredibly painful but also get infected.
To make matters worse, the vagina can bleed in huge amounts.
8. Hairbrush handles
Did you forget your favourite sex toy while travelling?
Whatever you do, don’t try to use a hairbrush handle as a replacement!
Things that get used every day are likely to gather dirt over time, with any nooks and crannies having the possibility of harbouring a whole host of germs.
9. Alcohol-soaked tampons
Alcohol-infused sanitary products first emerged in Helsinki in 1999, with teen girls hoping to get tipsy without their parents smelling the booze on their breath.
The craze quickly caught on, with more young women attempting it in a bid to get drunk faster.
Jumping on the bandwagon isn’t advisable, as you could do some serious damage to your downstairs.
Dr Toli Onon, the spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, told Daily Star Online: “Alcohol is an antiseptic, and disturbing the balance of ‘good’ bacteria inside the vagina in this way can increase the risk of infection, such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush.
“Alcohol can also be very irritating to the vaginal skin, and may cause stinging pain and inflammation.”
10. Your mobile phone
The vibration may have an air of temptation, but your phone is one of the most unclean things in the house.
They go everywhere and are touched throughout the day, often regardless of the cleanliness of the holder’s hands at the time.
This means that phones can harbour a huge number of germs, so, like the hairbrush, avoid them at all costs.
11. Electric toothbrushes
Like a phone, the same rules apply, and if you must use it, do so clitorally rather than penetratively.
Remember, if you have any concerns, discomfort, or questions about your private parts, it’s best to consult a medical professional for proper advice and care.