Doctors have warned women not to use lemons when cleaning their vaginas.
According to reports, some women have turned to citrus as part of an online trend.
However, it is claimed that medical professionals have indicated that the practice can present a range of health problems.
Should You Use a Lemon to Cleanse Your Vagina?
Not after Dr. Shirin Lakhani.
According to reports, some followers of the lemon tactic believe that lemons help with odor problems and can even work as a contraceptive.
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However, lemons apparently can actually cause thrush and even damage the vagina.
in addition, Gynecologists suggest that vaginal hygiene is best maintained with warm water and a soft towel.
What did a health professional say?
Beautician specializing in intimate health, Dr. Shirin Lakhani, of Elite aesthetic told ED !: “I cannot stress enough that there are so many reasons why women should absolutely not wash their vaginas with lemons or lemon juice.
“There are many myths about the benefits of washing the vagina with lemons, all of which are false. It cannot help you avoid pregnancy or clear sperm from the vagina after sex. The only way to prevent pregnancy and STIs is to use contraception, such as a condom.
“Since a citrus and lemon juice is highly acidic, this acid can damage the delicate lining of the vagina as well as alter the natural pH that bacteria maintain to keep the area healthy.
“Washing the vagina and private parts can cause pain and irritation, and lead to infections such as thrush and bacterial vaginosis.
“If you want to wash your vagina, you should avoid all products, fragrances and natural juices such as lemon or apple cider vinegar and wash them in warm water.
“Anything else that contains fragrances, detergents and acids can affect the natural pH level and there is a reason – to protect the vagina – so it is important that we do nothing to alter these healthy bacteria.”
What else does the NHS advise against?
Meanwhile, medical experts spoke to The Sun to warn people not to use lime juice, cider, and yogurt.
But advice to the NHS website also suggests avoiding perfumed soaps, gels, showers, and antiseptics.
It states that women should use regular, unscented soaps to gently wash the vaginal area every day.
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Dr. Suzy Elneil of University College Hospital in London pointed out that there are no short cuts when it comes to vaginal health.
She said, “In general, good vaginal health is maintained by making sure you are in good general health. This includes a healthy diet and exercise.
“Normal exercise helps maintain good vaginal function, as walking and running help the pelvic floor tighten and maintain good overall health.”
Dr. Elneil also assured the perception of smells.
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She continued, “Vaginal odor can change at different times in the reproductive cycle and should not always be viewed as a sign of infection or disease.”
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Doctors have issued other warnings as social media trends are causing women to use other items in their vaginas for a number of reasons, including popsicles, garlic, and even tobacco.
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