Women Are Putting Parsley In Their Vagina To Bring On Their Periods
Do you know what's going on? Because we sure don't...
Apparently, according to an article from Marie Claire, putting parsley in your vagina can help make your periods come sooner.
The article, which offers zero scientific evidence, claims the herb can help to "soften the cervix" and "level out hormonal imbalances that could be delaying your cycle".
Women are then told if they can't find a parsley-based dish based they shouldn't panic because "the most effective forms are said to be parsley vaginal inserts".
Not only are we confused, but leading Australian gynecologist A/Prof Gino Pecoraro is also stumped.
"I have never heard of this," A/Prof Pecoraro told 10 daily on a phone call. "And I've heard of people inserting some pretty strange things into their orifices."
What's The History?
Parsley has long been known as a herbal abortifacient -- which is a class of herbs or plants which can help or lead to an abortion.
According to Science Direct, that's because parsley is considered an emmenagogue -- a substance that is known to stimulate or increase menstrual flow.
That said, it's important to stipulate that there is no solid scientific evidence to back up what is essentially old wives tales surrounding suggestions that foods can induce an abortion or stimulate menstruation.
But that hasn't stopped some people from trying.
It Can Prove Deadly
In 2018 a woman in Argentina died after attempting to induce a miscarriage by inserting parsley into her vagina.
Newsweek reports the mother-of-two suffered "septic shock and infection", and despite doctors removing her uterus in an attempt to save her, she later died.
For A/Prof Pecoraro, the very idea of a woman placing "any herb in their vagina" is completely unnecessary, not to mention potentially dangerous.
"There are so many things that can go wrong," he said. "What if it gets stuck in there and decays? Or what if the parsley contains some bacteria on it and that transfers into the woman?"
Are There Any Safe Ways To Bring On Your Period?
Well, yes, but A/Prof Pecoraro told 10 daily the first thing a woman needs to ask herself is why she wants to bring on her period in the first place.
"You need to ask yourself what are you trying to achieve by doing this," he said.
There are times when doctors will do a progesterone challenge -- that means we give women progesterone and then stop after 10 days -- and then they normally get their period. But the reason we do that if we want to control their cycle for fertility reasons.
The other reason, A/Prof Pecaro said, is when a woman is suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (AKA PCOS).
"Sufferers can sometimes go long periods without having their periods and one of the concerns is that you can get an overgrowth of the lining of the uterus and long term that can become cancerous, so we can give them hormones to induce some bleeding there," he said.
TL;DR: Ladies, don't put random s**t in your vaginas, period.
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