FROM vaginal steaming to labiaplasty, some women are willing to go to extremes to attain the "perfect" vagina.
And just when you think you've heard it all, another bizarre DIY method emerges.
Now, ladies are apparently putting toothpaste on their genitals to try and tighten their vaginas.
Unsurprisingly, doctors are warning them it's a really bad idea - and could do some nasty damage.
Vanessa Mackay, consultant gynaecologist and spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said: "It is a myth that toothpaste will tighten the vagina.
"Putting toothpaste into the vagina, or on the vulva, would not only be uncomfortable but it could also cause serious damage and disrupt the natural flora of the vagina leading to the potential for infections like bacterial vaginosis and thrush."
Some toothpastes contain small particles that could also cause painful microabrasions to the vaginal walls.
Dr Oluwole Yusuf, a medical doctor in Nigeria, said he had seen a "recent obsession" in women resorting to using toothpaste to tighten up down below.
He even went as far as saying that using the dental product on the vagina could leave women infertile.
Dr Yusuf reportedly told the News Agency of Nigeria: “Toothpaste is caustic and too abrasive for a sensitive body part like the vagina and using such on it can destroy the organisms meant to protect the vagina from possible infections.
When the vagina can no longer protect itself, the body is prone to infections which could later destroy the tubes and block the chances of getting pregnantDr Oluwole Yusuf
“When the vagina can no longer protect itself, the body is prone to infections which could later destroy the tubes and block the chances of getting pregnant."
He urged women not to be "body shamed" by their partners and to be confident in their own skin.
Instead, Dr Yusuf said there are other exercises or practices that women can try out to slowly tighten the vagina.
"Kegel exercises and Yoga exercise are part of the exercises that can make the vagina tight without engaging in harmful practices,’’ Dr Yusuf said.
Dr Mackay also recommends pelvic floor exercises for women who are concerned about the tightness of their vagina.
She said: "There are various different ways in which women can carry out pelvic floor exercises but the easiest is to sit or stand comfortably with knees slightly apart and then engage and draw up the pelvic floor muscles as if trying to avoid passing urine or flatus.
"To check that the correct muscles are being exercised, women can place a finger or thumb into the vagina and squeeze the pelvic floor muscles at the same time, they should feel a gentle squeeze as the muscles contract.
“Women can build up the strength of their pelvic floor muscles by doing ten slow contractions and holding them for about 10 seconds each.
"The length of time can be increased gradually and the slow contractions can then be followed by a set of quick contractions. This process should be carried out three or four times a day.
"In some women, however, vaginal laxity may be due to pelvic organ prolapse, in which case it may be appropriate to be referred to a gynaecologist for an expert opinion."
It comes after reports that men were rubbing toothpaste on their todgers to last longer in bed.
But experts warn that could also lead to severe damage and causing painful burns down below.
The trend is thought to have emerged from a series of YouTube videos and Reddit posts, which claim the bizarre method can work wonders.
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Garlic: To treat thrush
Women have reportedly resorted to sticking garlic cloves in their vaginas - as a thrush treatment.
According to an old wives' tale, putting a clove in there for three days can clear things up.
But gynaecologist Dr Jennifer Gunter warns the vagina is the "perfect" environment for botulism bacteria to grow.
Botulism is an incredibly serious condition which can leave people paralysed and at worst, is fatal.
While lab tests may have shown that garlic contains antifungal properties, Dr Gunter stressed that scientists haven't even tested whether that translates into mice - let alone humans.
Cucumber: Vaginal cleansing
Bloggers, vloggers and a number of alternative health therapists have encouraged women to "cleanse" their vaginas with cucumber - but ONLY after peeling it (a thinly veiled attempt at safety advice, perhaps).
They claimed that it can "help sanitise and maintain a pleasant odor", as well as potentially warding off STIs.
Dr Gunter warned that "if you have a vagina you should definitely not do this".
She said attempts at cleaning your vagina in this way can actually cause more harm than good.
"This idea that some kind of vaginal cleansing is required, be it a peeled cucumber or the 'feminine washes' sold at drugstores, is misogyny dressed up as health care and I am having none of it," she wrote on her blog.
Parsley: Induce a period
Earlier this year, Marie Claire encouraged women to stick a sprig of parsley up there in order to induce a period.
Aside from the total lack of evidence, herbal inserts can be really dangerous.
“It’s a bad idea to insert anything not prescribed by a practitioner inside your vagina. Your vagina has a natural healthy balance which can be upset by the introduction of foreign objects," Karin O’Sullivan, Clinical Lead at FPA Charity told The Sun.
“When it comes to plants, hygiene can be an issue, with the introduction of new bacteria. Herbal inserts have not been medically tested and cannot be considered safe. As they’re untested, there’s also no guarantee of any health benefits. There is no evidence to suggest that taking parsley orally, or vaginally, will help to induce a period."
“More importantly, there is a risk that introducing foreign objects to the vagina can cause infections and even lead to toxic shock syndrome if left inside, which can be deadly."
In fact, a pregnant woman died last year after inserting parsley stems into her vagina in a botched bid to induce a miscarriage.
Yoghurt: Treat yeast infections
You can kind of see how people might think that yoghurt will help with yeast. After all, it contains lots of good bacteria which in theory could help fight off fungus.
But it's honestly a rubbish idea.
Multiple studies have shown that putting the creamy stuff in your vagina doesn't do anything beneficial.
Soaking a tampon in yoghurt and putting it into your vagina is nothing more than a waste of a perfectly good yoghurt.
And eating a load of yog won't make any difference either.
But UK consultant pharmacist James O’Loan, said: "I’d urge anyone thinking of trying this rather worrying ‘toothpaste’ technique to cease and desist - because it won’t do anything at all to combat premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction, despite the claims being made in these videos.
"The peppermint oils and other chemicals in toothpaste, including bleaching agents, can be extremely irritating to sensitive skin.
"By putting it on your genitals you actually risk a mild burn, as well as blisters and scarring.
"And toothpaste should in no way be used as a lubricant, either."
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In the summer, women were warned of the dangers of putting ice lollies in their vaginas to cool down.
Docs said it could cause infections, irritation and potential trauma down below.
Much like when you put ice on your tongue, a lolly could cause serious damage to the lining of the vagina too.
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