The first-ever study revealed that women who use these products are three times more likely to experience some type of vaginal infection. In some cases it may be women purchased the product to address an existing vaginal concern.
This study establishes a baseline of what Canadian women do with regard to their vaginal health and identifies concerning correlations that researchers can now look into more closely,” said psychology professor Kieran O’Doherty, the study’s lead investigator.
Published in the journal BMC Women’s Health, the study surveyed nearly 1,500 Canadian women about their vaginal health practices and products, and how often they experienced problems.
While research has shown douching can have negative impacts on vaginal health, little was known about the dozens of other products out there,” said O’Doherty.
The most commonly used products included anti-itch creams, moisturizers and lubricants, and feminine wipes. The results connected certain products with specific infections.