Since the dawn of time women have been looking for ways to induce their periods early.
Whether it be fear of a suspected unwanted pregnancy, or wanting to have your period early before your beach holiday, it’s something a wide variety of women have looked into for different reasons.
Long story short, it’s just not a good idea.
Any messing with your body, herbal or not, should be done in consultation with a doctor.
So when Marie Claire UK suggested inserting parsley into the vagina could help induce a period, people were… perplexed.
In the article, they suggest the herb can “soften the cervix and level out hormonal imbalances”, before suggesting that if you aren’t a great chef the most effective forms are said to be “parsley tea” and “parsley vaginal inserts”.
Doctors have since spoken out against the article, condemning the suggestion for the dangers of inserting any foreign substance into the body.
“I don’t recommend anyone put parsley – or any other herb – into their vagina,” Dr Sarah Jarvis told The Sun.
Aside from there being no real evidence that parsley would induce a period, there’s evidence that it’s incredibly dangerous.
“It’s a bad idea to insert anything not prescribed by a practitioner inside your vagina. Your vagina has a natural healthy balance which can be upset by the introduction of foreign objects,” the Clinical Lead at FPA Charity, Karin O’Sullivan, told The Sun.
“More importantly, there is a risk that introducing foreign objects to the vagina can cause infections and even lead to toxic shock syndrome if left inside, which can be deadly,” she added.
People are also warning others about the trend on Twitter:
Don’t put parsley in your vagina, yes it can induce your period, but it can also cause infections, vaginal irritation and DEATH it is used as a method of abortion for people with NO OTHER CHOICE just go to a sexual health clinic and get the pill don’t put parsley in your vagina
— India???? (@India_Florence_) January 17, 2019