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If you’ve ever wondered why you seem so prone to getting thrush, it might be that you’re allergic to one of the feminine hygiene products you’re using (which is why some women are veering away from bleached sanitary pads or tampons and choosing menstrual cups instead.)

And, stay with us here, it might also be your lubricant – or rather, what your lubricant is made of.

Gwyneth Paltrow has talked at length about the sorts of reactions your body can have to ingredients like glycerin (which give you those nasty yeast infections) and that’s why the actress, and self-confessed health junkie advocates using organic lubes in the bedroom.

(We’d stop saying lube but there’s really no other way of putting it.)

And, YES lubricants have a handy guide on exactly what you should stay away from to make sure you’re not affecting your body, encouraging a hormone imbalance or interfering with your reproductive health.

Parabens

Parabens are an oestrogen mimic and can often be related to hormonal issues.

Glycerine

This is the bad boy that can trigger thrush or candida as its a mucosal irritant.

Glycols

This is a cell wall enhancer which means it allows chemicals through your skin and into your blood stream. No bueno.

Mineral Oil

This is a petroleum byproduct that suffocates your skin.

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