Last Updated on September 19, 2023 by Aditi Gangal
A video on social media claims that inserting a capsule into the vagina can repair the damaged uterus and vagina, and can make you lose weight. We fact-checked and found the claim to be Mostly False. No evidence recommends inserting a capsule into the vagina to repair the vagina or make you lose weight. Such a practice can do more harm than good.
A Facebook video recommends inserting a capsule named ‘Instant Anti-Ich Detox Slimming Products’ into the vagina as it has firming and anti-itching properties. The video claims the capsule can mend loose, smelly, and itchy vaginas and repair the damaged uterus and vagina. Also, the capsule claims to detox the vagina and shrink its size to help women lose weight.
Why the video is deceptive?
The watermark of an e-commerce website Lucasseaon.com informed us that the claimed video is promoting ‘NaturalCare™ Instant Anti-Itch Detox Slimming Products’.
In many ways, the video is a complete distortion of a medical treatment called vaginal suppositories. We researched and found scientific evidence that shows the practice of inserting medicines into the vagina is called vaginal suppositories. The medicine gets quickly absorbed into the bloodstream to provide relief faster than the oral route.
The highly inaccurate nature of the video creates a wrong notion about how vaginal suppositories work. The overall video creates a wrong image of a crucial medical treatment without any disclaimer or supported with credible scientific evidence. Even there is no clinical research quoted anywhere on the Lucasseason product page.
For someone who is uninformed about vaginal suppositories, this could be misleading. The contents of the video are medically deceiving.
Why is this video medically inaccurate?
We have not fact-checked the effectiveness of the Instant Anti-Ich Detox Slimming capsule. We have only fact-checked the marketing claims related to the product, especially their content.
Among many inaccuracies of the video, a few are listed below.
Firstly, the video begins by showing white and sticky vaginal discharge that makes the uterus itchy and irritated. However, it is not usually the case. A clear, white, or off-white colored vaginal discharge is normal. However, yellow, grey, green, brown, and red color discharge can be a sign of sexually transmitted disease, irregular menstruation, or pregnancy.
Secondly, the video also shows that the capsule turns black vagina red to symbolize damaged vagina turning healthy. But it is difficult to comment on whether a capsule can cure all the medical conditions to revert a damaged uterus to its original condition. As per the available evidence, vaginal suppositories can only treat medical conditions of the vagina (like a yeast infection) or the entire body (hormonal treatments).
Thirdly, if you see the claimed video, the visuals manually insert the capsule into the vagina. However, vaginal suppositories are solid medicine released into the vagina with a syringe-like applicator.
Fourthly, the video also claims that inserting a capsule into the vagina can make you lose weight. No evidence recommends inserting vaginal suppositories into the vagina to lose weight. But we found evidence that informs women who suffer from hormonal imbalance can consider hormonal suppositories – a type of vaginal suppository. A research paper published in 2016 informs that hormonal suppositories might be an effective treatment in treating vaginal dryness in women who are unable to undergo Hormonal Replacement Therapy to normalize their estrogen and progesterone levels around menopause.
Evidence shows that estriol, estradiol, and prasterone are common medicines used as hormonal suppositories to control uncomfortable symptoms due to hormonal imbalance. However, evidence shows that these medications might have ‘no to some’ effects on weight.
We asked Dr Anita Gupta, Gynecologist, Associate Director at Fortis La Femme, GK, New Delhi, whether a vaginal suppository such as hormonal suppository (such as estriol, estradiol, and prasterone) make women lose weight. To this, she replied, “I have never come across any such claims and I don’t think it is true.”
It is not the first time we have found inappropriate claims on inserting an object into the vagina to solve an health issue. THIP MEDIA has previously debunked a similar claim that says yoni pearls cleanse the vagina. In another claim we debunked drinking groundnut water tighten the vagina.
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