Khloe Kardashian wants you to put Vitamin E oil on your lady bits.
Seriously people, being famous doesn’t make you a doctor. So, I am going to open this way, Khloe Kardashian, please shut the hell up before someone gets sick or pregnant because of you.
Khloe Kardashian has an app, (I know, that is bad enough,) and she just used it to send out some unsolicited medical advice dealing with vagina care that was so bad, a San Francisco doctor has come out to tell people if you are a healthy, premenopausal women, just DON’T. Apparently, the 32-year-old is applying vitamin E just about everywhere from her eyelashes to her vagina, and inside it too.
Khloe Kardashian told her fans:
No joke: Vitamin E may strengthen vaginal lining! Moisturize your labia and vagina with Vitamin E oil to combat dryness and soothe irritation.
I love my vagina and I respect it too, it is a great part of my body. As a woman, I make it my business to talk to my doctor about what should and shouldn’t be finding it’s way in there. It turns out that unless you are doing chemo or battling postmenopausal dryness, this latest craze is literally a really bad idea.
What is currently blowing my mind is that any women are taking advice from media surfing reality stars when it comes to the care and maintenance of theirs. And they are taking that advice, sadly.
You should probably ask a doc about this one too, but since I once burned my vagina with kegel weights, I realize I have no room to moralize.
It turns out, however, that Khloe’s advice syncs up with tidbits handed out by the professionals at Sloan Kettering Cancer center. So that’s what I get for being all judge-y.
I will never doubt you again, Khloe.
I would have given her credit for saying that you should ask a doctor because she nearly did, but I won’t because she really erased that with her second-to-last sentence.
The study that is being cited here is a from a CANCER CENTER, who are by definition probably dealing with unhealthy, and statistically older people. (Yes, people of all ages get cancer, please don’t pretend I am not acknowledging that.) And there is some evidence that applying vitamin E may protect against vaginal injury from radiation, but as OB/GYN Dr. Jennifer Gunter says, she wouldn’t recommend this and that it hasn’t been studied in younger, healthy women.
I would not recommend this nor is there any study that looks at this for healthy, premenopausal women. If you are 32 and have a dry vagina, see your doctor and try a silicone-based lube.
Dr. Gunter, who the Daily Beast describes as “the internet’s resident voice of reason during these celebrity-driven genital crazes” has been debunking vagina myths on her blog for awhile. Crazes that range from steaming and electrocuting yourself, to shoving satchels of herbs up in there; and she seems to be sick and tired of celebrities from Gwyneth Paltrow to Kardashians, and wants theses kitschy vaginal care tips to quit.
As many condom users know, oils, yes including vitamin E oil, break down condoms leaving you at risk for pregnancy or worse, disease.
Plus, anything you are adding to your lady bits is messing up your PH, leaving you open to yeast infections or even vaginosis. Just like douching, this is a bad idea for a healthy vagina.
Not only that, it is very possible to have too much of a good thing. Vitamin E is an antioxidant, and as Dr. Gunter warns, “the optimum dose is pretty low, antioxidants in high doses may well be harmful.” So, taking it orally, vaginally, slathering it all over your face and then encouraging others to do it too may just be about the most asinine thing one can do.
A little knowledge can be a bad thing, especially when you don’t know enough to be giving medical advice. The big picture here isn’t just another twit with a voice on social media pushing for yet another stupid “oh, do this like me,” it is a suggestion that may be harmful and many young women are likely to try it.
Proper vaginal care is worth your time and easier than most women realize, but perhaps, just maybe, you should be taking advice from a doctor, not a Kardashian.
So, just because a Khloe Kardashian tells you to do it doesn’t make this a good idea. Some people don’t realize that being famous doesn’t make you a gynecologist anymore that being a politician makes you one.
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