A Canadian study states that women who use feminine hygiene products are three times more likely to have a vaginal infection.
In terms of personal hygiene, we have known for a long time that vaginal douches should be avoided if we do not want to endanger the local flora. But a new study from the University of Guelph, in Canada, says that in personal hygiene, some toiletries can be just as harmful.
According to Canadian researchers, women who use feminine hygiene products daily are nearly 3.5 times more likely to have a bacterial infection and are 2.5 times more likely to report a UTI.
For their study, the Canadian researchers interviewed more than 1400 women about their personal hygiene habits by noting the type of products they used and how often they had vaginal problems.
More than 95% of women reported using at least one hygiene or health product dedicated to the vaginal area: anti-itch creams, lubricants and wipes being the most used.
The results, published in BMC Woman’s health, showed that women who used moisturizers and vaginal lubricants were 2.5 times more likely to report a yeast infection and 50% more likely to have a UTI than those who did not.
However, Kieran O’Doherty, who led the study, acknowledges that it is unclear whether the women get a yeast infection because they use a vaginal moisturizer or if they turn to vaginal moisturizers because symptoms of an infection were already present.
“This type of study can not answer this question, but it allows us to think that the subject should be explored further, and that all these products offered to women may not be as benign as they claim,” she explained.