Trendsetters are constantly introducing new fads, but they aren’t always safe for people to try. Sadly, so many people assume that these trends have been reviewed and accepted by doctors that they don’t even question their safety. However, after hearing about the latest Florida-based trend, doctors are warning “no more pearls” after hearing where women have been sticking them and how dangerous it really is.
These “pearls” are called Herbal Womb Detox Pearls and are being sold across the globe from a company based in Florida, known as Embrace Pangaea. The business claims that their products can “help with conditions including endometriosis, ovarian cysts, thrush, and fibroids,” according to Daily Mail. In fact, special packages are offered to treat “fibroids and bacterial vaginosis with another designed for ‘vaginal tightening.’”
The bags contain perfumed herbs, which can be purchased in one or two-month supply packages. Depending on what you desire, the detox pearls cost anywhere between $75 and $480. Women are instructed to use three of the balls at a time and to place them into their vagina for 72 hours.
Allegedly, the products “cleanse the womb and return it to a balance state by flushing out toxins.” Sadly, anyone who has a vagina (or any brains for that matter), knows that it’s not only disgusting to leave anything up there more than a few hours, but it’s hazardous to a woman’s health.
Instead of warning consumers of the dangers their product may impose, they boast that their product helps with “heightened sexual pleasure.” However, they do warn virgins, pregnant women, and breast-feeding mothers against using the product at all.
Hmm…I wonder why. Perhaps it’s got something to do with what gynecologist Dr. Jen Gunter explains. She states that the “pearls” are not only ineffective, but they are dangerous and could even result in severe health problems like toxic shock syndrome – which can be deadly, if untreated.
“God knows what is in the ‘vaginal tightening’ pearls, but I imagine something caustic or drying – both really bad,” Gunter explained. “What happens when you leave something in a vagina for three days is that anaerobic (not good) bacteria grow.” She continued, “I have removed many retained tampons over my career and the smell is so bad we typically have to close the exam room for the rest of the day. Bad bacteria smells bad — this smell alerts you there is a serious issue somewhere.”
To prove her point even more, she directs her attention to the company’s claim that the “pearls” flush out the bad toxins inside the woman’s body. “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 said. “Just don’t do it.”
Of course, Tamieka Atkinson, the owner of Embrace Pangaea, said the product was not a drug and that there were “no claims of curing, diagnosing, or treating disease.”
Regardless what the newest trend is and how many people you know who are “safely” doing it, always get your doctor’s opinion before using something on or in your body. Use this as a warning to all your friends and loved ones, sharing how dangerous fads can sometimes be. We only get one life to live, and it would be a shame that some trend could make it unnecessarily miserable or, even worse, bring it to an abrupt end.