It goes without saying that you should be careful around your intimate areas.
But this hasn’t stopped some from experimenting in the bedroom with whipped cream, sexy syrups or even vegetables.
Be warned though, as genitals are incredibly sensitive. And no one wants to spend a night in the hospital while doctors remove an unconventional item from their orifices.
Read on for a list of items that should never, under any circumstances, find their way into your vagina.
What should you never put in your vagina?
1. Tea tree oil
Previously, Dr Shree Datta told women not to use tea tree oil on their vaginas.
Her warning came after ladies used the natural product in a bid to eliminate odours.
But worryingly, the essential oil can burn your nether regions.
It can also mess with the pH of your body, increasing the likelihood of nasty infections developing.
Using a douche to clean can cause an imbalance of the bacteria usually found in a vagina and could lead to infection.
Conditions called pelvic inflammatory disease and bacterial vaginosis are both commonly linked to douching.
3. Chocolate syrup
While it may seem sexy to melt some chocolate in the bedroom, the aftermath can be anything but.
Sugary items can change the bacteria in your vagina and could well lead to a yeast infection, irritate the skin or both.
The outcome of this then is likely to be nasty irritation or an infection, so it’s best avoided at all costs.
4. Whipped cream
The same sugar issue applies once again here, but just add dairy.
While it may be a well-known sexual act to put whipped cream on your body, it is very important you make sure it doesn’t find its way inside it.
This is, like syrup, is a great way to get an infection so make sure you avoid it.
Vaseline is a petroleum-based lubricant, while designated sex lubricants tend to be water-based.
Stick to water-based if you want to avoid any complications.
6. Fruits and vegetables
Most fruit and vegetables spend their time growing being repeatedly sprayed with pesticides so if one finds its way into your vagina there’s a good chance it will be bringing its lovely bug killer with it.
If it’s enough to kill a bug it’s probably enough to cause some issues in the human body too.
You also run the risk of it breaking while inside which could lead to smaller fragments getting stuck and causing infection.
Stick to sex toys that have been safety tested, people.
7. Any sharp objects
This one really doesn’t need much explanation. The skin in the vagina can, like any other bit of skin, be cut.
Cuts to the vagina could not only be incredibly painful but also get infected.
To make matters worse, the vagina can bleed huge amounts.
8. Hairbrush handles
Did you forget your favourite sex toy while travelling?
Whatever you do, don’t try and use a hairbrush handle as a replacement!
Things that get used every day are likely to gather dirt over time, with any nooks and crannies having the possibility to harbour a whole host of germs.
9. Alcohol-soaked tampons
Alcohol-infused sanitary products first emerged in Helsinki back in 1999 with teen girls hoping to get tipsy without their parents smelling the booze on their breath.
The craze quickly caught on, with more young women attempting it in a bid to get drunk faster.
Jumping on the bandwagon isn’t advisable – as you could do some serious damage to your downstairs.
Dr Toli Onon, spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists told Daily Star Online: “Alcohol is an antiseptic and disturbing the balance of ‘good’ bacteria inside the vagina in this way can increase the risk of infection, such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush.
“Alcohol can also be very irritant to the vaginal skin, and may cause stinging pain and inflammation.”
10. Your mobile phone
The vibration may have an air of temptation, but your phone is one of the most unclean things in the home.
They go everywhere and are touched throughout the day, often regardless of the cleanliness of the holder’s hands at the time.
This means that phones can harbour a huge number of germs and so, like the hairbrush, avoid them at all costs.
11. Electric toothbrushes
Like a phone the same rules apply, and if you must use it, do so clitorally rather than penetratively.