As ridiculous as it may seem, more and more doctors are baffled that they have to tell people not to put toothpaste on their genitals. It turns out that both men and women have been made to believe that toothpaste can enhance their sexual performance.
How women think toothpaste can help them…
Apparently, a lot of women in Nigeria and from there – in other countries – have been led to believe that smearing toothpaste on their vaginas can help “tighten” them.
The medical professionals are desperately trying to inform women that applying toothpaste on their genitals can lead to irritation, inflammation, and even infertility.
In front of PM News Nigeria, Dr. Oluwole Yusuf said that “Toothpaste is caustic and too abrasive for a sensitive body part like the vagina and using such on it can destroy the organisms meant to protect the vagina from possible infections, When the vagina can no longer protect itself, the body is prone to infections which could later destroy the tubes and block the chances of getting pregnant.” (1)
How men think toothpaste can help them…
Not to be outdone by women, a lot of men have started to use toothpaste for an even more insane reason. Apparently, YouTuber Jose Barber has started spreading the idea that putting toothpaste all over your penis for a while can help delay ejaculations. According to The Metro, the rumors spread by Barber have been circulating in social media for several months and the weird practice has been attempted by up to thousands of men. (2)
Barber’s video advises teens and men to use “affordable, cheap toothpaste” on the glans of their penises in order to numb them. Obviously, that’s both ridiculous and dangerous.
A medical expert told OZFM that “I’d urge anyone thinking of trying this rather worrying ‘toothpaste’ technique to cease and desist – because it won’t do anything at all to combat premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction, despite the claims being made in these videos,” (3)
He also went on to add “The peppermint oils and other chemicals in toothpaste, including bleaching agents, can be extremely irritating to sensitive skin, by putting it on your genitals you actually risk a mild burn, as well as blisters and scarring. And toothpaste should in no way be used as a lubricant, either.”
In short – please don’t put anything on your genitals unless it’s specifically designed or intended to be used there.