New reports have revealed how South African women dry their vaginas to make sex more pleasurable for men.
New reports have emerged which reveal how far South African women go, to make sex more pleasurable for their men.
The practice known as “dry sex” involves women reducing moisture in their vaginas in order to make intercourse more pleasurable for men.
According to a Daily Mail report, the “dry sex” practice is borne out of a cultural belief that men find sex more pleasurable if a woman's vagina is dry, and that men will reject women whose vaginas have been “stretched out” by sex.
To have a dry vagina, South African women insert chalk, sand, pulverized rock, herbs, paper or sponges before sex. They also soak their vaginas in detergents, antiseptics, alcohol and bleach.
This practice however according to research, can lead to cuts, sores and inflammation in the vagina, and increases the chance of a condom breaking.
According to VICE.com, these factors in turn increase the chance of the women contracting sexually transmitted diseases including HIV.
Dr Marlene Wasserman, commonly known in South Africa as Dr Eve, said the continued practice of dry sex shows the lack of education relating to equality and women's rights in the area.
“It's definitely a class issue. Basically, a woman's reputation depends on the size of her vagina. Among women who are less informed and less educated, there's an unbelievable ignorance around the idea the vagina adapts to the penis,” Dr Eve told VICE.com.
She explained that both men and women fail to understand that the vagina is capable of expanding during sex - and then back to its usual size afterwards.
"There is also an incorrect cultural belief that if a woman has a partner with a large penis, her vagina will remain permanently “stretched” - and future partners will think she is promiscuous," Dr Eve said.