What you really need to know about feminine hygiene products

I was in “that” aisle of the drugstore the other day. You know the one… the feminine hygiene aisle. And, I have to say that each time I walk down it, I’m floored by the number of products out there.

It seems that big business believes everything about a woman’s body is in need of being sanitized and freshened to within an inch of its life.

But, are all of these products safe? Are they healthy to use on some of the most sensitive tissue on your entire body?

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Which comes first — the product or the infection?

A new study out of the University of Guelph in Canada has discovered that although approximately 95 percent of women use some form of vaginal hygiene product, these products from anti-itch creams and gels to moisturizers, lubricants and feminine wipes do far more harm than good.

In fact, they found that women who use these products are three times more likely to experience some type of vaginal infection. Now, whether or not the product or the infection came first is still in question but according to the scientists, it’s a dangerous trend.

Results of the study showed that women who used gel sanitizers were eight times more likely to have a yeast infection and almost 20 times more likely to have a bacterial infection. Scary right?

And, guess what…

Those gel sanitizers weren’t the only problem.

Women using feminine washes or gels were almost 3 ½ times more likely to have a bacterial infection and 2 ½ times more likely to report a urinary tract infection.

Those feminine wipes that are advertised to keep you fresh as a spring day were associated with a doubled risk of urinary tract infection.

And, women using lubricants or moisturizers were 2 ½ times as likely to have a yeast infection.

But, if they’re supposed to keep you clean, how do they make you sick?

According to the researchers, the problem comes arises in the fact that all of those products disrupt your vaginal microbial systems. In other words, they destroy the balance of healthy bacteria in your vaginal tract that normally help you fight off infection.

And, if you think that a yeast or bacterial infection is bad, you better hold on to your hat because those are just the tip of the iceberg.

Disruption of the vaginal microbiome has also been associated with pelvic inflammatory disease, susceptibility to sexually transmitted disease and even cervical cancer!

Not really what you were going for when you planned to freshen up, right?

Restoring your vaginal microbiome

So, what can you do to restore your vaginal microbiome and regain your balance of healthy bacteria to ward off infection and disease?

Luckily, the answer is simpler than you might think…

Probiotics.

Those are the good bacteria your body need. You can get them in supplement form or even from foods and drinks like kombucha, sauerkraut, kefir, yogurt, and kimchi.

Sound too good to be true?

Well, a scientific study showed that taking a 10 day regimen of probiotics restored the normal vaginal flora in 96 percent of the women tested, far better than its competition (a prescription medication) which only worked for 80 percent of subjects.

To amp up the probiotic power, you can even find probiotic vaginal suppositories both in your natural health store and online. Just be sure to look for one with lactobacillus as that particular bacteria seems to help most for restoring vaginal flora.

Big business wants you to think that you need their feminine hygiene products to stay fresh and clean when the truth is that water is the way to go. Ditch those dangerous products and restore your normal flora using oral and vaginal suppository probiotics to avoid risk of infection and even cervical cancer.

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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

By Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst is a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic, with more than 20 years of experience. She has dedicated herself to helping others enjoy life at every age through the use of alternative medicine and natural wellness options. Dr. Schmedthorst enjoys sharing her knowledge with the alternative healthcare community, providing solutions for men and women who are ready to take control of their health the natural way.