‘Womb Detox Pearls’ Are Tiny Little Balls of Herbs You Probably Shouldn’t Stuff in Your Uterus

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womb-detoxIf you think your house is haunted, go ahead and cleanse it of evil spirits by waving some burnt sage around the building. It can’t hurt, and sage smells pretty nice. But if for some reason you are worried about your uterus being haunted or full of “toxins,” doctors say you should probably not attempt to rectify that situation the same way, even though someone is actually selling “Herbal Womb Detox Pearls,” which basically appear to be tiny little herbal air fresheners for your vagina.

The Independent reports that “Herbal Womb Detox Pearls” are an actual product being sold online by a site called Embrace Pangaea, which says that they On the Embrace Pangaea website, the “pearls” appear to be little balls of herbs and spices bound up with cheesecloth. Basically, they look like a bouquet garni for your vagina. According to the website, these bags of herbs “aim to correct” conditions like endometriosis, bacterial vaginosis, fibroids, and more. They say the pearls are designed to return one’s womb to a “balanced” state by flushing out “toxins.”

Cleansing toxins is what a liver is for. Stuffing bags of herbs up one’s vagina just seems like a quick path to introducing irritants, bad bacteria, and yes, toxins.

Embrace Pangaea was even selling a “Vaginal Tightening Package” of tiny vagina potpourri to tighten vaginas. I have no idea how a bag of herbs would make a person’s vaginal canal smaller, but I can’t imagine that there is any good way that could happen.

OBGYN Dr. Jen Gunter, clarifies the situation in a blog post titled: “Don’t ‘detox’ your vagina or uterus with a bag of herbs in your vagina. Really.”

“Your uterus isn’t tired or depressed or dirty and your vagina has not misplaced its chakra. They want no real help from you unless there is something wrong and they will tell you there is something wrong by bleeding profusely or itching or cramping badly or producing an odor.”

Dr. Gunter says sticking a little bag of random herbs in one’s vagina can cause irritation, bacterial growth, itching, and even toxic shock syndrome.

The Embrace Pangaea site offers photos of its customers’ proud vaginal discharge as evidence that the pearls are causing the body to flush out toxins. (Click at your own risk. Or don’t. It’s just photos of strangers’ vaginal discharge.) Dr. Gunter says actually these photos show that stuffing a mesh baggie of herbs in one’s vagina is not a good idea.

“The vagina makes excess discharge when there is A) irritation B) infection C) an absence of good bacteria.  This discharge isn’t some toxic swill that the vagina was hiding that only the “pearls” could release, it’s a sign that these “pearls” are damaging,” she explains.

So yeah. If you are concerned about the health of your uterus, it’s probably better to see a doctor than to buy little bags of potpourri off the Internet and shove them in your vagina and hope they’ll “balance” your uterus. Your uterus probably isn’t off balance to start with.

(Photo: Embrace Pangaea)