It turns out this DIY method is actually not an effective treatment for that internal burning or itching. In fact, it can actually harm your lady garden. And that’s why Dr. Jen Gunter, OBGYN and author of The Vagina Bible, wrote a (now viral) thread of tweets to end the cycle of fake vajayjay news.

At least twice a month, she tells us, her patients inform her that they’ve attempted to self “medicate” with garlic. The legend is so pervasive, she says, because it’s a long-standing tale that’s now being further spread by resources like Our Bodies, Ourselves which “people consider legitimate” and automatically believe.

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