10 common myths about the vagina debunked
Dr Jen Gunter, known as’ Twitter’s gynecologist ‘and Gwyneth Paltrow’s worst nightmare – after debunking several claims made on the woo-woo Goop wellness website – says’ don’t give facts to women is the opposite of feminism ”.
This is the central idea of his new book, “The vagina bible: vulva and vagina – separating the myth from medicineA sort of owner’s manual for women. Gunter, a longtime OB-GYN in the San Francisco Bay Area, lashes out at both Big Pharma for not taking patients seriously and what she calls “Big Natural,” l $ 4 trillion wellness industry.
“[The latter] does not have to prove that what they are doing is working. . . you don’t know what’s in the supplements, it could be dirt from someone’s backyard, ”the 53-year-old told The Post.
Here, Gunter, who also hosts “Jensplaining”, a streaming talk show that calls forth pseudoscience, debunks the most common myths south of the border.
Myth: Intrauterine devices (IUDs) cause infertility
Truth: “If you use an IUD and take it out next month, you’re as likely to get pregnant as if you didn’t,” says Gunter. “It’s the same with the birth control pill.” While the disastrous Dalkon Shield, a since-recalled 1970s IUD, caused infertility, subsequent iterations of the device do not.
Myth: the G-spot is the key to a good orgasm
Truth: The so-called G-spot, writes Gunter, is a misreading of a 1950 article by Dr Ernst Grafenberg. In truth, she says, “there is no separate gland or structure of the clitoris,” and each person has individual pleasure preferences. Regarding sex, she says, “The answer is not how you got to the party, but were you there and had fun.” She calls G-shots, a New Age-y procedure in which a doctor injects collagen into the anterior vaginal wall to stimulate the pleasure center, “biologically absurd.”
Myth: Most women can have an orgasm during sex
Truth: Only 1 in 3 women can enjoy pushing alone. “It all comes down to clitoral stimulation, plus it’s supermental,” says Gunter. She notes that vibrators, oral sex, and penetration are all equally good paths to the Big O.
Myth: organic tampons are better for you
Truth: “It’s a scam,” says Gunter, referring to the crop of 100% cotton tampons on the market, including Lola ($ 10 for a box of 18) and Cora ($ 6 for 16). “These products are more expensive and there is no data to say they are better. And we all know the word “organic” doesn’t mean anything anymore. In fact, says Gunter, “new data suggests that all-cotton tampons may promote the growth of the toxin associated with toxic shock syndrome, and that cotton rayon may be better.”
Myth: jade eggs improve sexual satisfaction
Truth: Falsely marketed as “an ancient secret of Chinese concubines,” Gunter calls the expensive jade eggs a “bastardization of Kegel weights,” which are at least easy-to-clean silicone and in a variety of sizes. You’d better do free Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor.
Myth: white cotton underwear is best for preventing infections
Truth: It doesn’t matter what color you wear underwear. “If the dye on your underwear goes off, there’s something wrong with your underwear,” she says. “We don’t tell people with skin problems all over their body to wear white clothes,” adding, “It’s a myth of purity.” For those worried about odors or humidity, Gunter swears by “high performance absorbent fabrics”.
Myth: Steam cleans your uterus
Truth: Gunter calls vaginal vapor “a Rubik’s Cube of evil” – as in “you can twist it anyway, and there’s always something wrong.” Vaginal vapor or “vajacials” purportedly cleanses the uterus of what Gunter calls “non-existent” toxins. Not only can you get burned, but the introduction of oxygen could “disturb your [bacterial] ecosystem.
Myth: Hair removal keeps things cleaner
Truth: There is no right answer when it comes to mowing, shaving and sucking. “I want women to know that it’s normal to have pubic hair, even if they choose to cosmetically alter it,” says Gunter. Yet, she notes, “there may be an increased risk of acquiring STIs. . . because hair removal creates micro-traumas and creates these little entryways.
Myth: You should be worried about your vaginal pH
Truth: “Your bacteria get it under control, they take care of you,” says Gunter. Avoid washes, wipes, and showers that claim to balance or regulate the acids there, because “they’ll ironically damage it.” In his book, Gunter suggests opting for an unscented liquid castile soap like Dr. Bronner’s or a pure glycerin soap like Pears.
Myth: Eating pineapple will help you smell better there
Truth: If this laughable old wives tale were true, says Gunter, “you would smell good everywhere.” Worse yet, it perpetuates the belief that “there is something wrong with the way a woman normally smells.”