- Publish Date
- Monday, 24 April 2017, 3:45PM
Bath bombs are every girl's favourite fizzy tub accessory, but experts say you might want to think twice before dropping one in your tub.
According to two gynecologists who recently spoke with Self, the chemicals in bath bombs can majorly mess with your lady parts.
Apparently at any given time, your vagina is home to 10 to 20 types of bacteria, said Michael Cackovic, MD, an OB/GYN at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. In a healthy vagina, these bacteria work together to maintain a pH balance between 4 to 4.5 and fight off infection.
But when you expose your nether regions to chemicals—like the ones used in bath bombs to create their sweet scents—that pH balance can get thrown off, ultimately leading to irritation, itchiness, and infection, said Jessica Shepherd, MD, director of minimally invasive gynecology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Of course, plenty of people have soaked in the stuff and have never have a problem - which Dr. Cackovic pointed out is because the chemicals won't necessarily make their way inside your vagina.
"You're going to have some women who have vaginas that are affected by bath bombs and others who don't," Dr. Shepherd said. "At the end of the day, it's up to everyone to make their own decision based on how they feel."
Just be careful about the bath bombs you buy.