The lady garden is a precious thing that requires just as much primping and preening as your face but a small group of people are taking vaginal maintenance to a whole new level.
It’s emerged that women are blow-drying their vaginas after sex in the hope of blowing away ‘bad’ sex bacteria that they believe cause yeast infections.
It’s not clear who’s the original purveyor of the vaginal blow dry but a piece telling women exactly what they should do after making love is doing nothing but intrigue potential vaginal blow driers.
The offending listicle entitled ’10 things every woman should do after sex’ offers readers a step-by-step guide on how to effectively hair dry your vagina, stating: “Before blow drying, wash the vagina with warm water. Use cold air setting to dry the area. Make sure you don’t overdo it and ensure the innermost vagina remains moist. Use a soft hand towel in the end.”
The piece claims some doctors reckon it’s especially effective for women prone to UTIs and vaginal mycosis but two gynecologists have called bullsh*t on that theory. Dr Vanessa Mackay, spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, has warned it could upset the vagina’s natural bacteria balance which could lead to infections and or inflammation in the area, contradicting the very reason people are doing this in the first place.
“It is unnecessary for women to use hair dryers to dry their vaginas, and there is a risk these devices could burn the skin and disturb the vagina’s delicate balance of bacteria,” Dr Mackay told Metro.co.uk, adding that the best way to ‘dry’ the vagina after sex is naturally, before putting your underwear back on.
Another expert in all things vaginas – consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Shazia Malik – added to the publication: “The vagina is meant to be moist and drying it can be as unhelpful as douching to your vaginal health. And of course if you press the wrong button, you could burn the delicate vaginal mucosa.”
Dr Malik reiterates a point those partial to a vaginal blow dry seem to be missing – sperm entering the vagina is how we safely reproduce and therefore will cause no harm, not unless your partner has an infection. Lesson learned: don’t blow dry your vagina and if you’re worried about anything regarding your nether regions, it’s best to speak to your GP.