Heatwaves do strange things to people.
Some of us get angry and frustrated because it’s too hot to do, well, anything, while others find inventive ways to deal with the heat.
Desperate, sweltering times call for desperate measures, but unfortunately not all cooling solutions are good for you, especially if it includes close contact with your genitals.
Some people might be so hot that they are considering sticking ice lollies inside their vaginas, hoping that it will help.
Before we go on, here’s a quick recap of things that don’t belong inside your vagina: say no to parsley, aubergine bath bombs, and garlic cloves.
While you’re at, keep your genitals away from vacuum cleaners, too.
Now, for the ice lollies.
The tissue of your vagina is very delicate, and inserting a frozen object can cause a whole heap of issues, such as a burning sensation, itching or general pain.
‘The vagina is composed of very delicate and sensitive skin,’ Dr Sarah Welsh, the co-founder of HANX, a condom brand, tells Metro.co.uk.
‘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.
‘What’s more, putting any foodstuff inside your vagina can introduce microbes, disrupting its normal balance and allowing an environment for bacteria to grow and infections to develop.
Another concern is that the lolly might get break off inside of you, which can feel uncomfortable and harm your vagina.
One woman, who posted on a Yahoo forum, was playing around with her boyfriend in bed and reported that part of the lolly did indeed slip up inside of her, but also that the colour from it stained her skin (don’t worry, the colour change wasn’t permanent).
Dr Welsh also explains that the sugar in the lollies can also mess with the natural pH of the vagina and cause thrush or irritation.
And no, swapping to a sugar-free option doesn’t mean you’re in the clear.
While we’re on the topic of summer treats, it is also a very bad idea to put dairy-based ice cream into your vagina.
A friend of mine once put a Snickers ice cream bar inside her vagina as part of a foreplay scenario with her then boyfriend, and she wasn’t impressed with the feeling. As you can imagine, it was also very messy.
‘My advice would be to avoid any foreign bodies in the vagina for risk of infection,’ Dr Shree Datta, consultant gynaecologist at MyHealthcare Clinic tells Metro.co.uk.
‘I would suggest loose cotton underwear and avoiding tight clothing to prevent any irritation and dermatitis developing.
‘A cool shower (without internal douching) and keeping well hydrated should suffice.’
If you do want to indulge in some heatwave fun with a lover, that’s absolutely fine – but leave the vagina out of it.
You can run ice cubes your lover’s skin or nibble on a piece of ice and blow cool air on sensitive parts of their body.
If you’re really suffering from the rising temperatures, go all out and have a cold shower or bath together.
By all means, enjoy an ice lolly this summer – just not in your vagina.