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Condoms Might Be Good For Your Lady-Zone

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condoms are good for your health

Condoms are good for your health!

Condoms! What can't they do? They prevent unwanted pregnancies and STIs in spades, they look hilarious on bananas and they make great water balloons in a pinch. A new study from China is suggesting that the contraceptive of all trades may have another awesome effect: condoms help beneficial vaginal microbes (aka good bacteria) flourish and thrive.

The study went a little something like this:

Researchers at Beijing Friendship Hospital recruited 164 healthy, married women in China, between 18 and 45 years old, who were not using hormonal birth control, such as the pill, as their regular method of contraception.

 

Among the participants, 72 were using condoms, 57 were using an intrauterine device (IUD), and 35 were using the so-called rhythm method, in which a couple abstains from sex on the days pregnancyis mostly likely to occur. The researchers found that the population of lactobacillus was significantly higher in the condom group.

The condom-using sexually active women in the study tended to have larger colonies of good bacteria than the women who used other forms of birth control. Researchers focused on lactobacillus which is a group of bacteria that they refer to as the “acidic buffer system.”

According to Live Science, lactobacillus “dominates the natural flora of the vagina for many women” and helps the vagina maintain its average pH of 4.5, “comparable to the acidity of beer or tomato juice.” Lactobacillus is rumored to prevent bacterial vaginosis (an itchy and discharge-y bacterial imbalance in the vagina) and has been linked to a decreased risk of contracting HIV.

The results suggest that condom use helps maintain the vagina's “natural acidic defenses” often disrupted by the presence of semen which has a natural pH of about 7.0 or 8.0.

So that's cool, but keep in mind that condoms aren't perfect and it's best to be extra careful and maybe pair condoms with another kind of contraceptive.

via LiveScience

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