Let’s not beat around the bush here. If you learn anything new today, let it be that you should absolutely, 100 per cent, never ever put Vicks VapoRub on your vagina.
Preventing the strong eucalyptus-scented chest rub that helps ward off colds from coming into contact with your lady bits sounds like common sense, but apparently some online forums have led women to believe that applying the ointment could result in some, er, interesting results in the bedroom.
More specifically—because we have to be specific here so people won’t be tempted to figure it out by trial and error at home—women are being encouraged to try “rubbing it on your clitoris, or on your man’s penis” according to New York Post.
If you’ve ever applied Vicks VapoRub in your life, you’ll know that it leaves delicate areas of your body with a tingling (though not necessarily unpleasant) sensation. But those delicate areas of your body are supposed to be limited to your chest for cough suppression, and maybe underneath your nostrils to help clear your sinuses. Not your vagina. Never your vagina.
Women have also been loose-lipped about Vicks VapoRub being an apparent cure for yeast infections and odour problems. Just so we’re clear, it’s not. In fact, it could make a yeast infection worse.
“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,” Dr Vanessa Mackay, a gynaecologist and spokeswoman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, has said in The Sun Online.
“Mild soap or a mild shower cream and water is all that you need to wash the outside of your bottom, front and back. And you don’t need to wash your vagina—it self-cleans. If you have any concerns about odour you need to contact your doctor.”
Just in case you needed a further reminder of why Vicks VapoRub isn’t a great thing to have on your intimate areas, you might want to have a look at this Facebook post, which went viral a few years ago.
Admittedly, the woman involved had also accidentally put chilli oil on her vagina, but the VapoRub definitely didn’t help and the outcome involved a bucket of ice, a trip to the hospital, and a very embarrassing incident in a grocery store.