Even though many of us enjoy dropping a fizzy, colourful and fragrant bath bomb into a warm tub after a long day, experts are now suggesting that they may actually be doing a lot more harm than good — especially to your vagina.
Dr. Vanessa Mackay, spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the U.K., explained to Metro back in February that when it comes to washing your lady parts, it's best not to get too fancy with the soaps.
"It’s a good idea to avoid perfumed soaps, gels and antiseptics as these can affect the healthy balance of bacteria and pH levels in the vagina and cause irritation," she shared. "Use plain, unperfumed soaps to wash the area around the vagina (the vulva), not inside it, gently every day."
But for some women, it can go well beyond just irritation.
"[These changes in pH balance] create an opportunity for bad bacteria to overtake the vaginal atmosphere and cause an infection," Jessica Shepherd, M.D., director of minimally invasive gynecology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, recently told Self.
Aside from that, just sitting in a tub for too long can lead to a potential UTI. And we'll take a wild guess and assume that you probably don't want a vagina full of glitter after a bath.
So what should you do if you want your vagina smelling and feeling fresh? Shepherd noted it best just to leave it alone.
A little water and the vagina's own self-cleaning mechanisms should do the trick, she recommends.
Besides, your vajayjay isn't supposed to smell of rainbows, butterflies and Instagram likes, anyways.