During the past few years, we've seen a rise in vaginal products that are marketed as improving vaginal health and comfort. Period underwear, organic cotton towels and CBD tampons are some of the most popular options, and the market is growing.

Now we are seeing a selection of vaginal probiotics, supplements and vitamins on the shelves of grocery stores, pharmacies and health food stores. How much can you trust these products to deliver on their claims? Let's explore the truth.

Why are these products on the rise?

Approximately 138 million women worldwide are affected by recurring vaginal yeast infections and this number is likely to increase over coming years, according to a 2018 systematic review published in the Lancet medical journal.

Douches, scented sprays and bath bombs, synthetic underwear, forgotten tampons and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are all common causes of vaginal infections. If someone is