Contrary to popular belief, sugar is very GOOD for vaginal health. Topical sugar that is…
You may think that sugar causes vaginal infections but it’s absolutely NOT true! In fact quite, the opposite, topical sugar has been shown to be as effective as an antibiotic, metronidazole, in curing bacterial vaginosis infections.
The study shows that in 560 women who were treated with one of three options (placebo, sucrose gel, metronidazole) that the sugar was as effective as the metronidazole in actually curing bacterial infections.
The reason is likely because the sugar is acting as a pre-biotic or “food” for the Lactobacilli bacteria that reside in our vaginas. Lactobacilli produces “lactic acid” which contributes to the acidic pH nature of the vagina, which ranges from 3.5 to 4.5 during reproductive years. So – if we don’t feed the Lactobacilli bacteria, our vaginal pH changes and becomes more basic (i.e. higher than 4.5), leading to other bacteria such as E. coli and Gardnerella setting in and creating bacterial vaginosis infection.
It’s important to recognize that just because we were taught that orally consumed and metabolized sugar leads to yeast infections, it doesn’t mean that topical sugar produces the same effects. In fact, it’s the opposite. Topical sugar is good for the vagina. Challenge the preconceived notions around vaginal health as you age! Instead of avoiding sugar, we need sugar for the vagina.