In 'news you didn't think you'd read today, or any other day', a gynaecologist has gone viral for sharing a thread on why women shouldn't insert garlic into their vaginas. Yes, really.
Dr Jennifer Gunter, a gynaecologist, and author of the forthcoming book 'The Vagina Bible', posted her eight-tweet thread to Twitter on Tuesday, in response to 'vagina aficionados' suggesting that you should 'insert a clove' to combat a yeast infection, otherwise known as thrush.
In the tweets, she wrote:
Why you should not put garlic in your vagina.
Garlic contains allicin, in THE LAB it MAY have antifungal… https://t.co/yW6B4Ljbcj
Essentially, to sum up her argument, garlic might be contaminated with bacteria from soil, which is pathogenic, or bad for the body. She also argues that any positive effects experienced are most likely caused by placebo.
In her final tweets, she wrote:
And the placebo effect is strong. If you think vaginal garlic is going to make you feel better, you may very well feel better temporarily.
My advice, do not take medical advice from anyone recommending vaginal garlic for yeast or anything else. If you enjoyed this thread, you will like my book The Vagina Bible (August 27)
Erm, ok, well there's plenty to unpack here. Not less that this is even a thing. People on social media were equally bamboozled.