Did You Know That Bath Bombs Can Do This To Your Vagina?
Is there anything as aesthetically pleasing as a bath bomb melting into bath water?
Just the idea of it relaxes us... ahhh!
The fizzy tub accessory has gained a cult-like status thanks to cosmetics company Lush.
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But is getting that perfect 'gram of the colourful swirls of bath water worth it?
Gynaecologist's are warning bath bomb lovers of the possible effects they can have on your lady bits.
At any given time, your vagina is home to 10 to 20 types of bacteria, says gynaecologist Michael Cackovic. In a healthy vagina, these bacteria work together to maintain a pH balance between 4 to 4.5 and fight off infection.
Your bath bomb's sweet scent might be what's messing with the pH balance of your nether regions, ultimately leading to irritation, itchiness, and infection, said Jessica Shepherd, MD, director of minimally invasive gynaecology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
However, plenty of people have soaked in the stuff and have never had a problem - which is because the chemicals won't necessarily make their way inside your vagina, Dr. Cackovic pointed out.
"You're going to have some women who have vaginas that are affected by bath bombs and others who don't," Dr. Shepherd said. "At the end of the day, it's up to everyone to make their own decision based on how they feel."
Just be careful about the bath bombs you buy - luckily some companies like Lush use natural ingredients where possible in their bath bombs.