Let’s talk about what we put ON our body and how it could potentially cause BV. Since we’re “shooting in the dark” in terms of figuring out what’s the cause of recurring BV infections, it’s important to talk about clothes.
Let’s go back to how the BV infection seem to start – something is affecting our pH level, pH level goes up, bad bacteria growth increases, boom – BV is back. What does bacteria like? Warmth, sweat, humidity. What else causes infections and bad bacteria overgrowth? Chemicals. What do many companies put in their laundry detergents? Chemicals!
So, us ladies, love wearing leggings, tights, thongs, trousers, hosiery. THEN we go to work, workout, walk, drive, get lunch, hang out with friends, and come back home with a sweaty ‘vajayjay’ and an ideal environment for bad bacteria to grow and form biofilms.
How can we tackle this challenge?
- Go to your underwear drawer and look for all underwear and thongs that are not 95% or more cotton.
- Throw away all the ones that are not at least 95% cotton. Yup – all of them!
(We know, it hurts to get rid of them, but it will be worth it if this was the cause of your BV!)
- Go to your favorite store and buy 95% (or more) cotton underwear. You can also go online and buy some affordable ones – we should be buying new ones every few months or so to keep it clean down there. We love these underwear from Amazon!
- Ok, maybe you should do number 3 before number 2 just to make sure you’re not panty-less until your Amazon order is delivered. Take a look at your laundry detergent and the ingredients in it. Is it an organic or natural detergent? Are there ingredients that you are not familiar with or can’t pronounce? Smell it – do you get a whiff of heavy artificial fragrance? It’s time to say bye-bye and convert to an organic/plant-based or natural detergent. We highly recommend Tide’s PureClean detergent that’s made out of plant based ingredients (great for sensitive skin as well!). But there are many out there to choose from!
- You can even go a step further and wash your underwear with hot water only.
Regarding leggings, tights, skinny jeans, and thongs:
We're not going to tell you to stop wearing them completely, because that is probably undoable. We love wearing leggings everyday for work and of course have to wear thongs with them, but we do recommend converting and finding more breathable clothes. If it’s a super hot day try not to wear tight jeans or leggings, but a skirt or a dress would do the job.
If you’re an active girl who likes to workout during your lunch break or go on walks, please make sure you carry an additional pair of at least 95% cotton underwear. When you feel sweaty down there, even just a little bit – change your underwear as soon as you can.
It’s a small change to make and may not seem like a big deal, but hey – this could be the trigger for your BV. Let your vagina breath, even if it means you now need to do two loads of laundry a week instead of one.
Final thoughts - probiotics to prevent and fight BV:
Many studies show a positive connection between taking daily probiotics (formulated for vaginal health) and the reduction in BV infections. That's why here at V-Luxe we offer a probiotic formula that is formulated to help women fight and prevent bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, and UTIs. Our V-Luxe probiotics include 8 strains of good bacteria that have been clinically proven to provide benefits for women's health. We also include prebiotics (food for the good bacteria) in our formulas and have a CFU guarantee where we guarantee that the CFU count listed on our products will stay viable through the product's expiration date. We use good bacteria strains that are resistant to extreme weather (for shipping and storage purposes) and can survive the stomach acid and travel safely through the digestive system.