The UK is set to be hit by scorching temperatures of up to 39C today as the heatwave continues.
And while there’s plenty of good advice online for how to keep cool, there’s one suggestion out there that you certainly shouldn’t pay any attention to – no matter how hot it gets.
Some women might become so desperate for relief from the heat that they actually consider inserting ice lollies into their vaginas, believing it will help.
But an expert is keen to let you know just what a bad idea this really is.
She said: “The vagina is composed of very delicate and sensitive skin, hence things that may seem innocent to other areas of the body, if they come in contact with the vagina, can cause infections, irritations and damage.
“There are many things that should never go near a vagina and ice lollies are up there. The ice can stick to the delicate skin of the vagina and cause real trauma and damge.”
Dr Welsh continues to say that the sugar in the lolly could potentially disrupt the natural pH of the vagina and if all that didn’t sound horrible enough, there’s also the added concern that the lolly could break inside of you.
Dr Shree Datta, a consultant gynaecologist from MyHealthcare Clinic seconded the words of caution and shared some advice for keep cool in the heat without harming your genitals.
“My advice would be to avoid any foreign bodies in the vagina for risk of infection,” she added. “I would suggest loose cotton underwear and avoiding tight clothing to prevent any irritation and dermatitis develiping.
“A cool shower (without internal douching), and keeping well hydrated should suffice.”
This isn’t the first bizarre warning experts have issued to women recently.
In June, a nurse begged ladies not to try and vacuum their periods after two young women were hospitalised for doing just that.
She claimed the women, aged 19 and 23, had used a Hoover to try and suck up the blood and end their periods early.
The nurse warned of the possible dangers of doing this in a now-deleted tweet, saying: “Your period has a steady flow of its own that for all intents and purposes your body can tolerate. A vacuum increases the flow over 1,000 times which your body can’t tolerate, therefore sending you into shock.”
The message is clear, ladies, leave your vagina alone.