Women who use special vaginal hygiene products are three times more likely to contract a vaginal infection than those who don’t, found a new study from the University of Guelph.
Researchers surveyed 1,500 Canadian women about their overall vaginal health, which products they used (if any), and how often they had issues with the vagina Metro news reports.
95% of those surveyed reported using some kind of vaginal hygiene product, such as vaginal cleansers, moisturisers, and feminine wipes.
It turned out that those using gel sanitisers were more than eight times more likely to have a yeast infection than those who didn’t, and almost 20 times more likely to develop a bacterial infection.
When it came to feminine washes and gels, women using these products were 3.5 times more likely to have a bacterial infection and 2.5 times more likely to have a urinary tract infection.
Wipes and moisturisers weren’t in the clear. Those who used wipes were twice as likely to have a UTI, and those using moisturisers for their genitals were 2.5 times as likely to have a yeast infection.
The study found that there’s a link between having infections and using these products, but not sure if the products are causing the infections, or if people are using these products to try to fix vaginal issues at home.