Words by Gino Florio
We know there’s nothing better than a nice hot bubble bath at the end of a busy day, especially after we learnt how many calories you actually burn in the bath.
But those of you who are prone to adding a bath bomb into your tub might want to think twice, as concerns are being raised about the effects bath bombs can have on your vagina. Although after seeing this most WTF bath bomb ever you might want to think twice anyway.
Unfortunately, a few experts chatted with SELF.com about how bath bombs could potentially be wreaking havoc on down there and the results didn’t sound pretty.
According to Michael Cackovic, M.D. ob/gyn at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, there are about 10 to 20 bacteria that live happily in your vagina and contribute to a healthy pH level.
However, those bacteria can easily be disrupted if you let chemicals, fragrances, or other unknown ingredients come into contact with your vagina. And unfortunately that list includes bath bombs.
Jessica Shepherd, M.D. director of minimally invasive gynaecology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, told SELF that things like douching or soaking yourself in a tub of bath bombs could mess up the balance of bacteria down there.
‘These changes create an opportunity for bad bacteria to overtake the vaginal atmosphere and cause an infection,’ Dr. Shepherd said.
As a result, your vagina could get itchy or release some strange discharge. Of course, this isn’t a guarantee. It’s just a warning. Some women may never have a problem with their vagina, even if they use bath bombs on a regular basis.
However, there are many women who deal with irritation and bad odours coming from down below because the pH levels of their vagina have been messed up by bath bombs.
If you ever notice anything abnormal happening after using bath bombs, maybe take a break from the product and see if the irritation or odour goes away. And as always, speak to a doctor if you have any specific questions or concerns about your vaginal health.
From the Editors of Hello Giggles