The Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) has cautioned women against the use of ‘Yoni pearls’ otherwise known for vagina detox as they are not registered or authorized for use in Kenya.
In a statement on August 4, PPB raised the alarm on vagina detox products that are in the market without the requisite approval.
‘The Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) wishes to advise the general public against the use of a product known as “Yoni Pearls”, which may also be referred to as vaginal detox pearls, herbal tampons, cleansing pearls, or vaginal pearls.
The PPB notifies the public that “Yoni Pearls” is neither registered nor authorized for use in Kenya as required under the Pharmacy and Poisons Act (Cap 244),” the statement read.
Furthermore, the Board said that it cannot assure Kenyans that the products are medically safe for use as they are yet to approve them.
“Therefore, their usage poses potential public health risks as the PPB cannot guarantee their quality, safety or efficacy,” PPB statement read.
Moreover, the PPB has advised against the sale of vaginal detox products and other products that are not yet registered.
“In light of this, the PPB strongly advises against the distribution, supply, sale or use of the aforementioned product and any other unregistered products with similar claims,” PPB said.
PBS also urged members of the public and healthcare providers to report all suspicious health products and technologies to the Board through their website or use USSD code *271# or Email: email@example.com.
What are Yoni Pearls
According to Health line, Yoni pearls, sometimes called vaginal detox pearls, herbal tampons, cleansing pearls, or vaginal pearls, are vaginal tea bags.
According to creators of the product says the herbs in these pearls create a “pulling effect that draws toxins, bad bacteria, dead cells, old blood clots, mucus and more from your yoni, while at the same time tightening your yoni and deterring vaginal dryness and other ailments.”
Healthline says, “There’s zero research that any of the vaginal pearls, or the herbs in them, are good for your vagina or uterus — let alone that putting them in your vagina for that amount of time would do anything other than cause harm.”
Additionally, women who use the pearls believe that the way their genitals look, and smell is not good, hence they are forced to go for products.
Lauren Streicher, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology and the author of “Sex Rx: Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever states, “Spread through marketing, media, and misogynists, “the idea that vaginas are smelly, offensive, and dirty has been going around our culture for a long, long time.”
Other common side effects include:
- gray and green discharge
- vaginal dryness