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Sorting Fact from Marketing fiction: Harmful Intimate Products Women Have been Sold Over the Years

Posted on November 30 2016

It is sometimes hard to sort of fact from marketing fiction when it comes to health and wellness products – including (especially!) those for vaginal health and wellness. In fact, women have been marketed many unhealthy products over the years.

Here are some top winners (or “losers”!):

  • Fragrances: “Freshening” or “Cleansing” products that have a fragrances can irritate the sensitive vaginal tissue and don’t take care of the underlying cause of odor – an imbalance in pH and the healthy lactobacillus. “Fragrances” can contain a multitude of chemicals that can be carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, irritants and allergens.
  • Moisturizers with oils: Though the concept sounds nice, vaginally applied oils increase the risk of bacterial and yeast infections.
  • Warming lubricants: Fun? Yes. Harmful for vaginal epithelial cells? Yes. These lubricants have a high osmolality which simply mean they “suck out” the water from vaginal epithelial cells which make those skin cells more sensitive to damage and can increased rates of STD transmission.
  • Talc: Used to absorb moisture, research has shown a possible association with increased risk of ovarian cancer. It’s not worth the risk.
  • Parabens: These have been snuck into products for many years as a cheap preservative though research has shown a possible association with breast cancer.
  • Douches: Douching removes the healthy lactobacillus that keep a woman in balance and feeling fresh. Don’t douche!
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