Recent testing raises a lot of questions and concerns about the impacts intimate care products are having on our bodies. Specifically, our testing looked at how products might be affecting the delicate balance of healthy bacteria (namely lactobacilli) in our vaginas.
New laboratory research has demonstrated that some intimate care products currently on the market can significantly inhibit the growth of lactobacilli, which are essential bacteria for a healthy vagina. An upset or imbalance of lactobacilli are linked to increased risks of bacterial vaginosis (or BV). BV is incredibly common — it is estimated that at least 75% of women in the U.S. will experience episodes of vaginitis at some point during their life. This new testing joins the growing evidence linking the use of intimate care products to vaginal infections, and also raises questions on if the products many people are using to “self-treat” BV symptoms, may in fact be worsening the problem.
Article after article droned on about the importance of “freshness”, “smelling like a rose”, and an overwhelming sense of - “if I don’t wash with THIS cleanser, and wipe with THIS brand, and douche with THIS tool, my boyfriend will think I am gross and smelly and leave me!” ...
VICTORY! Summer's Eve has removed 10 toxic ingredients from their products. Unfortunately, underlying concerns with intimate care products continue to put our health at risk.
Not only is research on the causes of vaginitis scant, the treatments available are truly inadequate, often only successful for the short term – and way too many people have recurring symptoms month after month.
Environmental health organization, Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE), has released a new fact sheet that raises concerns about the use of nanosilver in menstrual products like period underwear and pads, calling particular attention to the antibacterial agent’s impact on important bacteria necessary for maintaining vaginal and vulva health. Not all period underwear or menstrual pads are made with nanosilver, but unfortunately companies who make these products are not required to disclose their ingredients.
Momentum and victories will only continue to grow as more women raise their voice for menstrual equity. Look how far we have come in the last year alone!
Environmental, health, justice organizations join us to express alarm about the lack of ingredient transparency, and toxic chemicals, in Summer’s Eve products.
The difference a good lube can make is not limited to how it feels when you use it, but can also have serious impact on your sexual health long after the sexy part is over. Guest blog from Good Clean Love.