Doctors warn dangerous ‘vabbing TikTok trend that sees women use vaginal discharge as PERFUME could cause thrush or even infertility.
Doctors are warning against a new viral TikTok trend that sees single women use their vaginal discharge as perfume.
‘Vabbing’ — which involves smearing fluid behind the ears and neck — was made popular by American Tiktokker Mandy Lee whose original video racked up 1.5million views.
Proponents claim it increases the chance of attracting men, by spreading their pheromones — chemicals made by the body to attract mates in some animals.
But doctors say there is little evidence to support pheromones work the same way in humans and warn it carries serious risks of vaginal infections, including thrush and bacterial vaginosis.
This is because dirty fingers can spread the fungus and bacteria that cause the two infections.
Dr Paraskevi Dimitriadi, a private gynaecologist in London, told MailOnline it could also lead to problems with fertility.
Bacterial infections can lead pelvic inflammatory disease, where the bugs spread from the cervix to organs higher up. This can lead to scarring in the fallopian tubes, making it difficult for fertilised eggs to reach the womb.
Vabbing meaning — a combination of the words ‘vagina’ and ‘dabbing’, the term used for applying perfume — first used as a hashtag on TikTok in June.
TikTok vabbing Videos have since racked up millions of views.