Earlier this week, a woman shared her love for “bum sunning” and claimed the bizarre ritual was improving her sex life. The method involves people exposing their intimate parts to sunlight.
But now, a top doctor has warned women from doing the ritual and explained why it's actually really bad for your health.
Dr Jennifer Gunter, a gynaecologist based in the US, said that exposing your nether regions could increase chances of skin cancer on your vulva.
She warned: “I feel confident when I say the anus and perineum have no special sunlight concentrating abilities. You can get melanoma on the vulva and sunburns there are very painful.”
The warning comes after Meagan, from California, shared a photo of herself on Instagram praising what she described as “perineum sunning”.
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In the photo, she can be seen lying on her back naked while holding her feet with her legs in the air and her bum facing the sun.
The self-proclaimed healer, who goes by the name Metaphysical Meagan, said it was part of her “daily rising routine”.
Meanwhile, Dr Jennifer wasn’t the only one who believed Meagan’s practise was dangerous.
Shamir Patel, founder of Chemist 4 U, said: “Vitamin D is essential for our bodies, promoting healthy bones, teeth and muscles. But there are far easier ways to get a dose of Vitamin D than exposing your perineum to sunlight.
“While the healer is only promoting 30 seconds of irregular sun exposure, a sustained period of doing so, could lead to long-term sun damage.
“There are no studies or research to suggest that it works, so it really has no benefit, either. I would suggest that going on a long walk in the sun is much more beneficial, and if you’re in need of a boost, then taking a supplement is much more practical than perineum sunning.”
Dr Diana Gall, from Doctor-4-U, added: "There is no evidence that sunbathing in this way has any effect on physical wellbeing.
"Practising mindfulness comes in many different and safer forms, and there are no extra benefits of doing this naked in the sun."
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