Now that the world is starting to open up again and you might actually invite guests to your home, it’s probably a good idea to clean with a little extra vigor this spring (think: long-overlooked tasks such as beating your rugs, vacuuming under the bed, clearing out the fridge and dusting the crown molding). But what’s good for the nooks and crannies in your home isn’t always good for the nooks and crannies in your body.
Although there are an endless amount of douches, sprays, deodorants, wipes and yes, even blush designed to spruce up your vagina, many of these products aren’t all that great for you.
“It is important to check ingredients on any feminine washes," said Sarah de la Torre, MD, an OB-GYN and chief medical officer at Joylux, which creates products for women facing menopause. Because the vulva—the outer part of the female genitals—is lined with mucous membranes, that tissue is extremely absorptive and can soak up chemicals quickly and without metabolizing them, she explained.
Many products marketed for vaginal hygiene contain parabens, phthalates and artificial fragrances, all of