Over the last few months, a number of posts have cropped up on Reddit detailing people’s experiences of using toothpaste as a lubricant during masturbation or sex – and they sound incredibly painful.
You would think that most people would know better than to try this out for themselves at home, but apparently not.
As such, a medical expert has stepped in to warn people of the dangers that can occur if you put toothpaste anywhere other than your teeth.
Dr Shree Datta, a consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, revealed how the product can cause infections or even chemical burns if used on the genitals.
Speaking to Mirror Online, she said: “Toothpaste can contain ingredients such as bleaching agents, peppermint or scented oils, which can be irritating or abrasive.
“These may cause a mild chemical burn and blistering on any area of sensitive skin. I’d definitely advise against putting toothpaste into or onto your genitals.
“These products are specially designed for oral use and can disrupt the balance of your vagina flora, which might lead to thrush or bacterial vaginosis.
“They can also damage the delicate skin in that area and the vaginal wall, affecting the amount of pleasure you experience during sex.”
She added: “I would not recommend using toothpaste, or any other bathroom product as lubricant for that matter on your genitals, as these products are not recommended for this use and can irritate the skin, as well as disrupt the cellular balance of the skin on your genitals.
“Silicone or water-based lubricants which are designed and intended for use during sex are the best products to invest in.”
The terribly unpleasant symptoms Dr Datta refers to are the exact same ones social media users reported experiencing.
In one Reddit post, a man claims he got a chemical burn after putting toothpaste on his penis and it wasn’t pretty.
He recalled: “Later that day when I went to use the toilet, when I took down my trousers I saw some discolouration to my d***, I had a look and all the skin was red and raw, with some parts of the skin beginning to scab. Not good.
“The pain was really really bad, it was really hard to walk and keep a straight face.”
Another also confessed to using toothpaste as a lubricant and said that the pain had been so bad, they had to take painkillers.
They wrote: “I accidentally used toothpaste as lube. It’s the morning now and it’s still really inflamed. There is less pain but I’m on painkillers so there is some help. But please, for the love of god, in whatever universe you’re thinking to do this, DO NOT USE TOOTHPASTE AS LUBE.”
This isn’t the first time doctors have had to warn against using toothpaste for things other than cleaning teeth.
Last summer, doctors issued an urgent warning not to put toothpaste on burns.
Dr Kamarul Ariffin, of Malaysia explained it could have very unpleasant side effects.
To prove his point, the medic shared a horrific image of a woman’s hand, after she’d attempted to treat a hot oil burn with Colgate toothpaste.
Instead of making her wound better, the woman’s hand had swelled in size to a point where it was almost unrecognisable. The picture also shows the hand is covered in incredibly painful looking blisters.
As a result, he warned people not to use home remedies as they could cause infection and irritation.
And back in 2018, a number of women took part in a bizarre beauty trend, which saw them slathering toothpaste on their breasts.
They believed the toothpaste would help them grow, but experts quickly shut down the theory.
Christopher Inglefield, the medical director of the London Bridge Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Clinic, said: “This bizarre advice simply preys on the many women who are unhappy with the size of their breasts and who might resort to bizarre ‘miracle fixes’ to find a solution to their problem.
“Sadly, like a lot of guidance on the internet, the Vaseline and toothpaste method of breast augmentation is fake news and pure online quackery.”