What is Blue Waffles Disease?

Blue waffles may sound like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, but this slang term is used for something you probably don’t want to eat for breakfast – an STD.

To clarify, blue waffles is a rumored STD, and if you Google the name, you may be presented with some unsavory pictures (you have been warned).

But to date, there is no evidence that this disease even exists.

What is the Blue Waffle STD?

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Blue Waffles is a fictional disease that supposedly affects women. References to the alleged STD surfaced on the web in March 2010 after an image was posted of what looked like a blue-colored, scabbed labia. The image was posted along with the claim that it was the result of a vaginal infection caused by a sexually transmitted disease. The condition was supposed to be common enough that it was even given a name: Blue Waffles Disease.

For those who are unaware, “waffles” is a slang term used for the vagina.

The supposed disease reportedly lead to lesions on the outside of the vagina and bruising, hence the blue in blue waffles.

Is Blue Waffles Disease in Women Real?

No. There is no disease in the medical world called “blue waffles,” and as far as we know, there is no disease that causes external genitalia to turn blue in color.

The general consensus is that people use blue waffles pictures and claims of the disease to lure people to websites.

But that doesn’t mean the disease hasn’t fooled a number of people, including one councilwoman in New Jersey, Kathy McBride. McBride was ridiculed after stating at a council meeting that she had received a phone call from a concerned resident wanting to know what the city was going to do about the Blue Waffle Disease epidemic.

McBride was ridiculed for taking the issue seriously, but many people also fell for the same hoax. After all, who makes up fictional STDs?

What are the “Symptoms” and “Causes” of Blue Waffles Disease?

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Blue waffles is a myth, an urban legend. But so many teens are still afraid of contracting it. It’s not exactly a new hoax, either – rumors of this “disease” have been circulating for the last decade, and sex educators are finding themselves quashing these rumors time and time again.

What causes this fictional disease?

Some say women get “blue waffles” when they contract too many STDs at once. As a result, her vagina takes on a blue appearance.

Others say that the disease is a very specific STD that will make your vulva turn blue.



Still others argue that the STD can only be passed from women to men, and is the result of poor hygiene.

If you Google the name, you’re sure to find plenty of websites claiming to have information on the causes, symptoms and treatment options. But the information is vague at best and not supported by any credible medical sources.

We found one website that listed the following “causes” for Blue Waffles (and keep in mind that this website is purporting that this disease is real):

  • Women who have sex with multiple partners
  • Prostitutes
  • Women who had prior infections in the reproductive tract
  • Depression
  • Women who do not practice hygienic sex practices
  • Using unsterilized equipment when masturbating
  • Poor perineal care
  • Weak immune system

No STD in the world can be contracted through depression. The majority of the “causes” listed here are aimed at making women fearful of having sex.

Unfortunately, so many teens and young adults get their information on sex from the media and the Internet because it’s still considered a taboo subject. Going off of the list above, a young girl may worry about getting “blue waffles” because she’s depressed.

To make matters worse, the symptoms sound legitimate. In fact, many are common signs of other STDs. Listed symptoms include:

  • Pain during intercourse
  • Vaginal itching
  • Foul smell in the vaginal area
  • Burning or pain in the genitals
  • Abnormal discharge

Some other causes, like the blue discoloration in the vagina and limited motion in the hips, sound a bit outlandish, but the remaining symptoms can be related to most STDs.

Websites such as the ones used to gather this information are purporting false information, and even include “information” on diagnosing, treating and preventing the condition.

Scrolling further down, you’ll find disturbing images of what the site says is the Blue Waffles Disease. Some photos include men, despite the disease reportedly affecting only women.

The Bottom Line

Blue Waffles is not an STD, but STDs are very real. Some are very serious. The only good to come out of the Blue Waffles hoax is that it’s getting teens to ask about sexually transmitted diseases and to keep a close eye on their bodies.

Although the symptoms listed above are not synonymous with this fictitious disease, they are associated with real STDs and you should see your doctor right away if you are experiencing any.