Poisons board cautions the public against use of Vaginal Detox

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board  has warned the public against the use of Yoni Pearls, which has now gained popularity amongst women using it for ‘vaginal detoxification’. 

In a public statement issued on monday PPB said that the vaginal pearls, which are also referred to as herbal tampons or cleansing pearls, are not authorized for use in Kenya.

PPB warned against the distribution, supply, sale or use of Yoni Pearls, and any other unregistered products with similar claims.

“The Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) wishes to advise the general public against the use of a product known as ‘Yoni Pearls’, which may also be referred to as vaginal detox pearls, herbal tampons, cleansing pearls, or vaginal pearls,” the statement reads in parts.

“The PPB notifies the public that ‘Yoni Pearls’ is neither registered nor authorized for use in Kenya as required under the Pharmacy and Poisons Act (Cap 244). Therefore, their usage poses potential public health risks as the PPB cannot guarantee their quality, safety or efficacy,” the statement added.

Promoters of the products claim vaginal pearls can resolve common reproductive health issues such as recurrent yeast and bacterial vaginosis infections, infertility and Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition in which the ovaries produce an abnormal amount of androgens, male sex hormones often present in women in small amounts.

The product is mostly sold online in sets of three with prices ranging from Sh600 to Sh1,000 a set.

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