A new feminine hygiene product has taken over social media and has many women talking about “exfoliating” their vaginas. Jamu Stick promises to tighten, exfoliate, and cleanse the vaginal wall. Experts say the stick is dangerous and exfoliating the vaginal lining is unnecessary.
Jamu Stick looks like a long dildo and contains herbs that will magically strengthen muscles, reduce odor, and remove calluses inside the vagina.
According to the website, the ingredients in the stick will fix all the issues women deal with after having a child.
No, Problem! The Jamu Stick says that by inserting the product into the vagina, the herbs contained inside will tighten and tone the muscles without any exercise.
No way! Jamu Stick somehow magically balances all the PH in the vagina. After using the product, women will have a fresh, flower smelling cooch that will keep all their lovers happy.
Don’t worry! The Jamu Stick will remove all the dead skin and keep the vaginal wall fresh and clean.
The website says that all of this can be accomplished by putting the stick inside the vagina for 30 seconds to 1 minute at a time. After each treatment, the vag is supposed to be tighter, cleaner, and free of dead skin. Not only can women get these fantastic benefits, but the product is affordable. A Jamu Stick retails for $24-$28 per stick.
Obviously, none of the claims made by the vendor are substantiated by scientific studies. In fact, the FDA does not regulate the product and is not considered safe for use. However, none of that matters to Jamu Original. The site doesn’t even include a warning that the FDA does not approve the product.
The maker of Jamu Stick, Ni Gusti Ayu Putu Eka Widiastuti, lives in Indonesia. Eka says she “studied” natural products and earned a degree as a “natural specialist.” She also credits her expertise on feminine hygiene to lessons she learned from her mother.
However, Jamu Stick is yet another product that women should not be putting up in their vagina. Vaginal exfoliation is not necessary. Moreover, by putting products like Jamu Stick in the vagina, women can throw off their natural Ph balance. Proper Ph balance is necessary to prevent yeast and bacterial infections.This should go without saying, but a dildo herb stick is not going to strengthen the muscles of the vagina. Exercises called Kegels can help strengthen weakened vaginal muscles.
If you are experiencing painful discharge, foul-smelling order, or issues with muscle control, always consult your doctor. Painful discharge and foul-smelling odors can be a sign of an infection.
Experts do not recommend using any products inside the vagina. Cleaning the vagina, or douching, can lead to several problems including infections, trouble getting pregnant, and the contraction of sexually transmitted illnesses.
Finally, even though your social media is blowing up with images of the Jamu Stick, please do not try these products at home. Always remember that your oven is self-cleaning.
*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.
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