Condoms…. Make Vaginas Healthy?
Women who are active condom users compared to those who didn't or used different forms of contraception had higher levels of friendly bacteria in their vaginas. This bacteria helps to fight off things like yeast infections, thrush and Bacterial Vaginosis.
Now for the science.
The bacteria that is called the friendly bacteria is lactobacillus, which occurs naturally in abundance in the vagina helping to keep it at an average PH level of 4.5 This acidic environment is thought to help fight off bad bacteria forming which causes infection, discomfort, itching and odour.
In contrast, semen baseline PH is between 7-8. Which when left in the vagina disrupts the eco-system and the PH balance. The slightly acidic nature of the environment is thought to help prevent bad bacteria from forming which can cause infection and discomfort such as itching or odour. Of a study on 164 married Chinese women aged 18-45. Those using condoms regularly had higher levels of friendly bacteria, reducing chances of Bacterial Vaginosis and even HIV.
In summary, condom use is great for vagina health, or is semen bad for the vagina? Either way, regularly wrap that willy to ensure a healthy vagina to call home.
If you want to know more about the History of condoms read last week's article.