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Blue Waffle Disease

Published on Oct 30, 2021 and last reviewed on Nov 10, 2022   -  4 min read

Abstract

Blue waffle disease started circulating online around 2010 with a disturbing image of a pus-covered bluish lesion in the labia. It was then identified to be unreal. Please read the article to know more.

Blue Waffle Disease

Introduction:

The term waffle is used instead of the vagina in some parts of the world. So this disease is supposed to be a condition that affects the vagina of a woman. But the truth is that blue waffle disease is a fictional sexually transmitted disease, and the imaginary symptoms are referred to as blue. Hence the name blue waffle disease.

What Is Blue Waffle Disease?

Blue waffle disease is a fictional sexually transmitted disease that started as a rumor and has spread throughout the world. There has not been any medically significant evidence that supports this disease. It is said that blue waffle disease is a condition that causes damage to the female parts, like the vulva and the vaginal area, and gives a bluish appearance.

There are a number of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), but there has not been any evidence that makes the vulva turn blue. Young people between the age of 18 to 25 who turn to search regarding their sexual queries online were the prey for these rumors.

What Is the Truth behind Blue Waffle Disease?

The blue waffle disease does not exist and is complete fiction. It is a fake sexually transmitted disease that originated from online rumors. The internet may be filled with false information, and one should not blindly accept everything that is available online. If you feel any discomfort or irritation in your genitals, always consult your doctor for a clear diagnosis.

These rumors around blue waffle disease affect only the women. This is a false disease, and all the known sexually transmitted diseases affect both men and women, but the consequences are more severe for women. The cause of this disease, as per these rumors were supposedly poor hygiene and having frequent sex. Again this is also not true as the frequency of sex or hygiene does not have any effect on the color of the genitals.

Sex is a major part of a healthy life, and people have rarely experienced any form of side effects from indulging in frequent sex. That being said, the person might experience some minor discomfort through some sexual practice.

As we know, the vagina produces lubrication for the process of sexual intercourse. This lubrication process is natural, and when indulging in too much sex can make the lubrication to be improper and hence result in vaginal dryness and irritation. This might cause damage to the vaginal tissue making it swell and, in some cases, causes a tear. This tear might turn into a vaginal infection if hygiene is not followed. The signs of some genuine vaginal infections are closely similar to the symptoms of the blue waffle disease, and they include:

  • Itching, burning, and swelling around the vagina.

  • Odorous and unusual discharge from the vagina.

  • Pain during sex.

  • Irritation while urinating.

What Other STDs Occur Similar to That of the Speculated Blue Waffle Disease?

Though blue waffle disease is fiction, some actual sexually transmitted diseases produce signs and symptoms similar to those associated with it, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis.

Some of the symptoms associated with the fictional blue waffle disease that can be found in real vaginal infections and STDs are:

  • Discoloration of the vagina but in red color.

  • Unusual discharge and irritation around the vagina.

  • Discomfort and pain even during normal activities.

These symptoms may also indicate vaginitis. They are commonly caused due to infections. They may be due to sexual intercourse or even due to allergic reactions and chemical changes in the bacterial balance of the vagina.

How to Practice Safe Sex and Avoid STDs?

If a person practices safe sex, then there is no worry for any kind of sexually transmitted disease or infection. Safe sex also helps people lead a happy and healthy sex life.

There are many barrier methods that are used based on the requirements, such as to avoid pregnancy and to prevent any STDs. Barriers such as condoms and dental dams are considered to be very effective against any form of sexually transmitted disease.

Also, young people who are having an active sex life should make sure to get themself tested for STDs regularly even though they use condoms. The symptoms of STDs begin to appear only in the latter part, and hence through regular checks, we can catch and begin treating it in the initial stages. Hence by following this small practice, one can become confident against any worries of sexually transmitted diseases, even fictitious ones like the blue waffle disease.

Lack of Sex Education:

The blue waffle disease is a wonderful example that shows the lack of proper sex education among young people who are active in their sex life. Those who lack proper knowledge about a sex-related topic still find it uncomfortable to reach out to other people, to let the doctor know, and hence they turn towards the internet for any clarifications.

Though all the sex educators and doctors around the world have said blue waffle disease to be fake and there is nothing to be worried about, the rumors continue to spread across the internet. There are many reasons why more young people are getting affected by STDs when compared to the older ones, but one of the most important factors is that sexual knowledge is still a taboo for youngsters, thereby gaining false information from the internet; that is, the blue waffle disease.

The very fact that a rumor which started through the internet had become such a big discussing topic shows how much young people rely on the internet for knowledge on this area. Hence proper education should be given during their schooling to improve their knowledge and prevent them from falling to rumors and contracting STDs.

Conclusion:

The blue waffle disease is a myth. Although the symptoms associated with it may be similar to other existing STDs, there is no evidence to support the presence of this disease. If you find any of these symptoms, reach out to your doctor as it may be one of the other similar STDs - gonorrhea, chlamydia, etc. Also, make sure proper sex education is ensured for young people to avoid these myths and to prevent themself from other STD. Do not believe everything that is available on the internet, and consult with your doctor before accepting false information.

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Last reviewed at:
10 Nov 2022  -  4 min read

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