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Condom keeps your vagina healthy, use it!

Talk of condom use to many people, and they’ll readily express their preference for flesh-to-flesh.
Such people are blissfully unconcerned about the infectious diseases that unprotected sex can bring.
However, experts say that rubber sheaths provide even more protection than you think. It does not only protect from spreading and acquiring sexually transmitted diseases, they also shield from unwanted pregnancies.

But beyond these, Chinese researchers have also assured that condoms can help women keep their vagina healthy.

A study published in the peer-reviewed journal, PLoS One, the scientists assure that using a condom during sex protects the vagina’s natural pH balance and enables it to function optimally.

Researchers warn that when you have unprotected sex, it affects your vagina’s acidity and makes it hard for good bacteria such as lactobacilli to survive.

Lactobacillus are “friendly” bacteria that normally live in our digestive, urinary, and genital systems without causing disease.

So, to find out whether non-hormonal contraception had any bearing on lactobacilli levels, researchers at the Beijing Friendship Hospital examined 164 sexually active women who used either condoms, the copper IUD, or the withdrawal methods of birth control.

Compared to the women who used an IUD or withdrawal, condom users had the highest levels of lactobacilli.

Why? Study authors say that having sex with a condom provides a barrier that keeps semen from affecting your natural pH level — which means the good bacteria can stick around.

And that’s a great thing because healthy levels of lactobacilli can help prevent yeast infections, Urinary Tract Infections, and bacterial vaginosis (a pelvic inflammatory disease that can increase your risk of infertility).

It can even help protect you against more serious conditions such as Sexually Transmitted Diseases, HIV, and premature delivery.

Also worth noting: Previous research suggests that, because lactobacilli are regulated by oestrogen, taking hormonal birth control — such as the Pill, the patch, or a hormonal IUD — is another way to help keep your defences up.

But hormonal birth control isn’t for everyone, of course; so it’s good to know that using a condom each time you have sex can also help keep your vagina in good health — except, of course, you want to get pregnant.
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