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Unrealistic beauty standards don't seem to give up easily when it comes to women's bodies. *Sigh*

The latest monstrosity is a vagina spa, which has boomed in New York for the last two years and is now landing in London. The VSPOT Medi Spa is expanding, founder Cindy Barshop tells Refinery 29

They're ready to inject, buff and pluck your painfully normal private parts into something magical, and will then charge you a small fortune.


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Both the general public as well as medical professionals have an array of questions for the spa, which was probably inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow's…questionable…Goop vaginal steaming recommendation.

Her suggestion was mocked by gynaecologists on both sides of the Atlantic.

The treatment involves lying on a bed while “steam infused with therapeutic herbs is targeted towards your nether regions” and is an absolute bargain!! Just €112!! Wow!!

Dr Vanessa Mackay, spokesperson for Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), debunks the myth that your vagina needs extensive cleaning, seeing as it cleans itself.

“The vagina contains good bacteria, which are there to protect it. If these bacteria are disturbed it can lead to infection, such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush, and inflammation,” she told HuffPost UK.

“Steaming the vagina could affect this healthy balance of bacteria and pH levels and cause irritation, infection (such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush) and inflammation. It could also burn the delicate skin around the vagina (the vulva).”

Dr Mackay adds that, to keep yourself feelin' fresh to death, just wash the vulva externally each day with water and UN-perfumed soap. Emphasis on the 'UN'.

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The  24K Gold Vajacial is a treatment for your vulva, which involved having wax infused with 24K gold smeared over your pubes…*pause for laughter*.

The wax is whipped off and your bikini area blasted with LED lights, designed to “fight ingrown hairs and smooth out the skin tone”.

The price is mysteriously absent from their website (never a good sign) but the 24K Gold Vajacial claims; “gold is a natural anti-inflammatory agent which also helps brighten the skin”.

God help these people.

The O-Shot involves having your own blood platelets injected into your vaginal tissue, which apparently “stimulates vaginal and clitoral rejuvenation”. Translation: They claim it gives you orgasms.

No price is listed, once again, so that's shady shit. 

Dr Naomi Crouch, another RCOG spokesperson, says there's; “no proven evidence or research studies to suggest that injecting a woman’s blood into her clitoris would improve her chances of having an orgasm”.

“Difficulty having an orgasm can be caused by a number of physical or psychological issues including not being stimulated sufficiently, worrying about sexual performance, mood disorders such as depression, problems with physical health, a lack of knowledge or fear of sex, a previous traumatic sexual experience, problems in the relationship or the menopause,” she tells HuffPost.

If you’re unable to have an orgasm, you should see your GP or go to a genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic, she says.

“They will be able to check for any physical reasons that may be causing the problem, and may refer the woman for psychosexual counselling if there are no obvious physical issues.”

Basically…Don't give up your hard-earned cash for a place like VSPOT, who just take advantage of society's bizarre beauty standards and women's insecurities to take overly rich people's money.


Most of us are more than aware that we need to leave our vaginas alone. Whatever goes up there can cause some serious problems for your foof, so be a bit careful.

However, it seems a certain part of the population has to be told not to put a certain cold treat up there during scorching hot heatwave temperatures…

The UK is set to be hit with the hottest temperature on record today, with highs of 39 degrees Celsius expected. Medical advice online has now released tips on how to cool down, and ice lollies aren't on the list.

One suggestion out there is literally something that should never have been said, but apparently some women are this desperate for some chilly relief.

I'm not quite sure who would consider putting ice lollies up their vagina, but there must be at least one person out there who's doing it if doctors have released a warning against the act.

Speaking to Metro, Dr Sarah Welsh, co-founder of condom brand HANX, warned women not to put ice lollies anywhere near their genitals.

She commented:

"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 damage."

The sugar in the lolly can also disrupt the natural pH of the vagina, and the lolly is also likely to break inside you. This could honestly be the plot of a horror movie, there's so many things wrong here.

A nurse in June warned women not to try and vacuum their periods after two young women were hospitalised for trying the absurd task.

The 29 and 23-year-old women had used a Hoove to attempt to suck up their menstrual blood, and this was the point where we felt the bile rise at the back of our throats. Dear God.

In a now-deleted tweet, the nurse emphasised the dangers of trying the Hoover method:

"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."

Over the last few months, women have also been urged not to put garlic, parsley, bath bombs and cucumbers inside their vaginas. Honestly, it just shows how sexual health education is really lacking.

Leave your lady-business alone gals, or you won't be feeling so fanny-astic in the nurse's office.


Research conducted by the gynaecological cancer research charity, The Eve Appeal, has shown that a whopping 50 per cent of British men have less than adequate knowledge of the female reproductive system.

For the study, 1,000 men were asked to label the vagina, vulva, cervix and fallopian tubes – and shockingly, just 500 were able to do so correctly.

What's more, survey results showed that 17 per cent of men “know nothing about gynaecological health issues and don’t feel that they need to know, as it is a female issue.”

The findings highlight the need for better sexual education in schools and indeed, a greater general awareness of gynaecological issues – a subject the charity says is “shrouded in mystery.”

However, it seems men aren't the only ones who need to brush up on their knowledge of female genitalia.

Last year, a similar poll conducted by the same charity found that 44 per cent of women could not identify the vagina on a diagram, so perhaps we could all do with brushing up on our Leaving Cert biology.

The research was published as part of Gynaeological Cancer Awareness Month, in a effort to highlight the lack of awareness of the symptoms of the disease.

“These survey results show shockingly low levels of awareness of the symptoms of gynaecological cancer among both men and women,” said The Eve Appeal’s chief executive, Athena Lamnisos.

“We know from the many calls that we receive at The Eve Appeal from men, that they can play a vital role in identifying the symptoms of gynaecological cancer, prompting their partners to visit the GP. Early diagnosis really is key and can save lives.”


If it's not vaginal higlighter or  vaginal gitter, it's vaginal moisturising, and Canadian-based gynaecologist, Dr. Jen Gunter, has had enough.

In a blog post which was born of both professional and personal experience, Dr Gunter urges women to accept their vaginas – and most specifically, their smell – as they are.

Responding to a recent trend which sees women apply Vicks VapoRub to their genitals, Dr Gunter seeks to remind both women (and men) that the vagina does not require excessive cleaning, nor is the natural scent something to be gotten rid of.

"For what I am sure is the 100th time the vagina needs no cleaning and the vulva needs very little," Dr Gunter wrote. "I know the array of useless feminine washes and wipes at the drugstore and the drivel spouted by Gwyneth Paltrow via GOOP imply otherwise, but I’m the actual expert."

"If you think you have a medical condition, see a doctor. If your partner insinuates that an artificial smell is preferable to the smell of a normal vagina they are the one who has an issue."

"Telling women how they can be better is a classic way of tapping into body image issues and honestly in my personal opinion it is a form of abuse," she argued.

Dr Gunter then made the decision to move the focus from the professional to the personal by detailing her own issues with body image – insecurities born of a controlling ex-partner.

"I once dated a guy who insinuated my vagina did not smell right. He was an ass in other ways too, but I just didn’t see it until he impugned my vagina. For example, he though my hair would be better if it were straight. Sadly I took the bait, it wasn’t," she revealed.

"He thought I would look better if I dressed a certain way. Again I took the bait. I just felt worse."

"When it came around to telling me how my vagina could be better it finally clicked that this is a form of control that men often use. Fortunately I am an appropriately confident vagina expert and I had a light bulb moment and dumped his sorry ass," she finished.

So, there you have it ladies, Dr Gunter has spoken.


When Natalie Morales arrived at the premiere of Battle of the Sexes, she considered the moment 'one of the happiest of her life'.

The joy was short-lived, however, when the 32-year-old actress learned that a photographer, who had purposely taken shots up her dress in an effort to expose her genitalia, sold the photographs.

Taking to Twitter to share her thoughts on the matter, the actress struggled desperately to understand the motivation of the photographer, writing: "These are photogs who go to red carpets to take photos of women.. to what, embarrass them? Because they have bodies under clothes?"

Encouraging paparazzi to consider the implications of their sordid endeavours, Natalie continued: "So you're gonna come to an event that I've waited my whole life for, that I'm super proud of, to try and exploit my body? For your gain?"

The actress, who has appeared in Santa Clarita Diet, Girls and Parks and Recreation, acknowledges that public occasions like movie premieres leave her vulnerable to certain behaviour, but insists that she shouldn't be concerned that her body will be violated.

"This specifically, is a red carpet, so I'm there for you. There's a silent contract," she wrote." I'm there to promote my movie, you're there to take pics you can sell. Pics I'm POSING for, that I've agreed to. Pictures of my face and body, covered in whatever way I see fit. I didn't pose for you to angle your camera up my skirt."

In a final jab at those responsible, Natalie added: "JOKES ON YOU, I was wearing skin coloured underwear so you can't actually see my bits. But if you could? I wouldn't be embarrassed. But YOU should be. What a disgusting, horrifying job you have."

The response to Natalie's post yesterday was overwhelmingly positive, with many social media users criticising the conduct of the paparazzi at events of this kind.

Indeed, Natalie's former Girls co-star, Lena Dunham, even weighed in, writing: "Ugh I'm so sorry. You're a gorgeous queen. I'm happy to trade in pics of my vagina at a time I actually didn't wear underwear."

Following the interest in her series of posts, Natalie decided to issue a more detailed statement, writing: "Before this gets watered down or the word "vagina" gets censored out, here's my statement on this "wardrobe malfunction" b.s."

"Some places have been asking me for a statement about the tweets I posted yesterday regarding the photos of my 'wardrobe malfunction'. I guess I could say 'no comment'. but I have of comments so here goes," she began.

"When I was sent the photos, my first instinct was to ignore them and move on", she wrote. "But then I realised this must happen to women all the time, and this time, I am not going to let it slide."

"This photographer, not unlike the ones that wait outside of the cars female celebrities are getting out of just to purposely take  pictures up their skirts, angled their camera to see up the slit of my dress. Even if they wanted to claim this was an accidental shot, they could have done what they would have done had they taken an accidental shot od their daughter's, mother's or sister's vagina; deleted it."

After insisting that she refuses to feel embarrassed by her body or indirectly ashamed as a result of the photographers actions, Natalie wrote: "You cannot tear me down."

"It's a vagina. We all came out of one. It's nothing to be ashamed of. But if doesn't belong to you. It belongs to me. And you can't have it unless I say you can."

Well said.



We live in a world where unrealistic body expectations are the norm. 

From plastic-pumped celebrities who mould our beauty ideals to shop front mannequins with legs so lithe they could snap, the female form is constantly under scrutiny. 

While usually these expectations have been confined to women's weight and body shape, the humble vagina is the latest body part with an altogether ridiculous beauty ideal being imposed upon it. 

And by humble, I, of course, mean the amazing, life-giving, efficient, temperamental, and wondrous vagina. 

A new product has been developed targeting owners of the aforementioned organs, and the 'intimacy capsules' aim is to prettify the vagina with – wait for it – glitter. 

While we love a bit of glitter to adorn our festival faces, shoving a capsule full of the sparkly stuff up our vaginas does not sound all that appealing. 

The capsules are designed to be inserted into the vagina, and your body apparently dissolves the capsule to create glittery emissions. 

As well as making discharge and sexual secretions sparkle, the capsules promise to change the natural 'flavour' of the vagina to make it taste like 'candy. '


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'The flavour is sweet like candy but not overly sweet, just enough to make your lover feel that your Yara (water-lady or little butterfly) is what all vaginas are supposed to look, feel and taste like; soft, sweet and magical!'

The fact that this company insists that vaginas are supposed to taste like candy and secrete glitter is completely ridiculous, and reinforces negative stereotypes about women.

The concept implies that the natural operations of a vagina are sub-par, and that women should stride to be precious, magical little creatures with sparkly vaginas.

Why should the vagina have to deal with the pressure of beauty ideals involving glittery discharge?

What will be expected next, a post-coital fireworks show straight from the cervix? 

The issue here is the potential for unrealistic expectations, and this product's promotion of what a vagina 'should' be, ie candy-flavoured and embellished with tiny iridescent flecks. 

And I get it, this product is a novelty boudoir item, but the implications are there. 

There is also a health and safety issue, as honestly, these Passion Dust capsules sound like a yeast infection waiting to happen. 

Oh, but if your body does respond badly to being stuffed with glitter, it's just one of the many 'joys of being a girl,' according to the company. 

'Scientifically, you have already inhaled or ingested more hazardous 'glitter' and chemicals than what is in our capsules,' reads the website (we'd love to see the 'science' behind these claims).

'You have not gotten sick from those chemicals in your body because the amount that you have ingested is so small that it would take an extremely significant amount to cause you any bodily harm which is why these glitters are deemed FDA approved.' 

'If you've ever had vaginal issues you had them before you used Passion Dust anyway.'

'If you've ever had a yeast infection I'm sure it wasn't caused by glitter, it just happens sometimes (Oh, the joys of being a girl!)," they add.

They also recommend that your 'special time of the month' should be given the glitter treatment too, so you can 'at least make it a pretty mess' while expelling your uterine walls. 

I'll take my au natural clitoris over a glitoris any day, thanks. 



Iggy Azalea is proud of her body, and she's not afraid to hide it.

The rapper was named Woman of the Year at GQ Australia's Men of the Year Awards, and while speaking to The Daily Telegraph said she's delighted to have an "award-winning vagina."

"I've got the best vagina in the world.


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"I have won a lot of awards over the last few years but this one means the absolute most to me because I can finally say I have an award-winning vagina."

The blonde beauty wore a very revealing outfit on the night, which leads to one thinking she's super body-confident, however, Iggy admitted that she doesn't always feel that way.

"Some days I just think I want to crawl into a cave because I don't feel confident at all, and then other days I feel great.



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"I think it's like that for all human beings, not just young women. I think feeling confident or 100 percent every day is something to aspire to, but I don't know if it's humanly possible for anybody.

"And I think it's just having that honest moment with yourself and other people and almost admitting and embracing your flaws or the things that you sometimes feel bad about can empower your own self."



Sometimes us women simply do not appreciate the pure wonder and splendour of our vaginas. 

Because they are actually pretty amazing. 

A life coach and sex expert is proving just that by travelling the world and lifting inanimate objects using just her vajayjay. Oh and she's posting all the evidence to Instagram

We kind of love it. 

Kim Anami uses a string attached to a jade egg (which is pretty much an exercise ball for the vagina) to pick up various objects.

She then inserts the egg into her downstairs area, makes a yoga like stance and snaps a pic for us all to enjoy. 

And she is not just lifting feathers people. 

Kim has scooped up items such as weights, a smoothie, a bunch of bananas and an actual fully sized surf board. 

Hon the vagina! 

Kim also makes pretty hilarious instructional videos on why you should exercise your vagina reguarly (we're talking increased libido and more intense orgasms). 

So yeah, get lifting ladies. 


All women, everywhere are in possession of one – but it seems that a lot of us actually struggle when it comes to saying the word: 'vagina'.

In contrast to male genitalia, of which there are numerous throwaway phrases, women also feel uncomfortable coming up with an 'acceptable' reference for their sex organs.

Even the word 'penis,' somehow seems far more ordinary and everyday. 

According to a survey of 1,000 women and released this week by Ovarian Cancer Action, two-thirds of those aged 18 to 24 would be too embarrassed to even use the word vagina at their doctor’s office.

Which is in contrast to older ladies over the age of 65: just one in ten in that age bracket reported the same thing.

More than half of younger women – 57 percent – would also rather just Google their symptoms than visit their GP to talk about vaginas and vulvas.

Ovarian Cancer Action, a British charity, did the survey to encourage younger women to speak up about their gynecological health. 

In Ireland, ovarian cancer is the fourth most common strain affecting women: more than 300 new cases are diagnosed annually.

Although relatively rare, some of us carry a genetic mutation that makes us more susceptible to developing the disease.

Angelina Jolie earlier this year revealed that she had undergone preventative surgery – having her ovaries and breasts removed – because she was a high-risk candidate.