What is a blue waffle?

Blue waffle is totally, completely, 100 percent urban legend. It doesn’t exist. So anything you’ve heard about who has it, its symptoms, or the way it’s spread is made up. And pictures you might have seen of blue waffle on the Internet? They’re fake, too.

A lot of the symptoms that are supposedly associated with blue waffle — a red or irritated vagina or vulva, unusual or smelly discharge, and itching or burning — could be signs of a condition called vaginitis. Vaginitis is a really common irritation of the vulva or vagina. Click here to learn more about vaginitis. If you think you have vaginitis, it’s important to see a health care provider right away.

According to urban legend, blue waffle makes parts of your vulva turn blue. Blue waffle isn’t real and neither are blue genitals, but a darker-colored labia — the lip-shaped parts on either side of the opening of the vagina is normal. Some people also notice their labia getting darker during puberty. Again, completely normal.

Blue waffle isn’t real, but other STDs are, and protecting yourself and your partner is an important part of any sexual relationship. Click here to read about STDs that actually exist, how they’re spread, and how to prevent them.