Sarah Silverman’s Vagina PSA on Conan

Sarah Silverman taped a fun vaginal health PSA for Conan O’Brien. Except she’s wrong about one thing: women should generally not use soap on their genitals. Sexual health experts advise using water and one’s hand to clean women’s genitals. If you want to use something extra, a mild cleanser can work but soap can be drying and/or irritating. She is right, though: women do not need vaginal deodorizers or fragrances. And if a strong or unpleasant scent persists, get thee to a healthcare provider. Over and out. Vagina power!


About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at