Stop Soaking: Your Bubble Bath Is Bad For Your Vagina

Your favorite at-home spa routine could be giving you an infection.

We've all been there — you roll out of bed and drag yourself to your job, spend 8+ hours sitting behind a desk, and spend another hour stuck in traffic commuting home.

Then you have to take care of your kids. Or your furbabies. Or maybe just those succulents you can't manage to keep alive (good thing you don't have kids).

Once you're done pretending to be an adult with real responsibilities, all you want to do is pull a Pretty Woman.

Put on a face mask. Pour yourself a glass of wine. Enjoy a warm, relaxing bubble bath.

While your favorite at-home spa routine might feel amazing, you might be doing your body more harm than good.

Believe it or not, all those bubble baths, scented bath salts, bath bombs and strong soaps can actually be bad for women's health.

It turns out that the fragrances, alcohol, and harsh chemicals in them can throw off your vagina's pH balance. Your vagina's optimal pH is 3.5 to 4.5. When this natural acidity level of your vagina drops, you're asking for a whole host of issues.

No, not that kind of issue. Feminine hygiene issues.

Irritation and dryness are just the tip of the iceberg (err, vulva?) You're also at a much greater risk of getting a urinary tract infection, vaginal infection, or bladder infection when you upset your vagina's internal pH with your strawberries and champagne scented bath bomb.

Other culprits you might be using at home include scented tampons, aromatherapy oils, body sprays, and wet wipes.

We know what you're thinking: I can't give up taking baths.

But you don't have to. You can still enjoy a nice, hot bath after a long, hard day.

Just do it sans soap.

So skip the scented suds and use some candles, incense, or reed diffusers the next time you soak in the tub.

Your vagina will thank you.

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