Dire Risks from “Vaginal Tobacco” Use

In West Africa, some women swear by a “vaginal tobacco” concoction sold on the sly, saying it shrinks their genitals and increases sexual pleasure and even fertility.
 
But health workers and researchers are keen for them to stop, associating the practice with dire consequences including ulcers, scarring, cervical cancer, and deadly childbirth complications.
 
There’s little research so far to corroborate these anecdotes, but an increase in vaginal infections matches up with the studied effects that smoking tobacco has on female genitals. 
 
While they await solid research into the product’s health consequences, health workers can only discourage women from using them—and hope they listen.  
 
SciDev.Net

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