There are women who insert herbs in their privates to tighten the canal but this habit is dangerous has been found to promote the development of cervical cancer which is now a deadly disease
Cervical cancer is a disease in which the cells of the cervix (mouth of the uterus) become abnormal and start to grow uncontrollably. The real cause of cervical cancer is not known. However the human papillomavirus (HPV) is the closely linked agent as it facilitates progression to cervical cancer disease. HPV is transmitted sexually and it infects cells of the cervix which results in precancerous lesions and invasive cancer.
“Cervical cancer develops slowly over a long period of time. Herbs insertion damages vag*nal tissues. Some of the herbs used with the intention of tightening the vag*nal canal causes swelling of tissues in the canal. The delicate swollen tissues will then be bruised during sex allowing the HPV to get into the body. Women go to their extremes in trying to please men in bed. Muscles are tightened through exercise therefore l urge ladies to do kegel exercise for the vag*nal muscles,” said Linda Hwenga of the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council
She added: the practice of herb insertion allows HPV to penetrate women’s bodies through damaged tissues.
Speaking at a workshop held at a local Masvingo hotel, Linda said it is a cultural for women to insert herbs in their vag*na so that they can tighten the canal to give men maximum pleasure in bed.
Other causes of this disease include indulging in sex at an early age, having multiple and concurrent sexual partners, dietary factors, stress, family history of cervical cancer, drug abuse and failure to receive cervical cancer screening and vaccination.
Women were urged to go for screening to make sure they are safe and to make sure they receive treatment at an early stage if early diagnosis is done. Early symptoms of cervical cancer include pain during sex, bleeding after sex, bleeding after menopause, leg pains and smelly discharge.