What are vaginal powders or intimate powders?
Vaginal powders are designed to be applied to the genital area and contain ingredients such as talc, cornstarch or baking soda. They are promoted for their ability to keep the area dry and odour-free. Hence, it is assumed that they can help prevent infections as well.
Due to all these benefits, many women use vaginal powders as part of their daily intimate hygiene routine, especially after showering or exercising, to maintain hygiene and comfort. But ladies, it may be doing more harm than good.
Side effects of vaginal powders
Vaginal powders have been a topic of discussion in recent years due to their potential impact on vaginal and vulvar health. Certain studies in the US have looked into the side effects of using powder on genitals.
According to research presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer, using vaginal powders, particularly ones containing talc, is detrimental. They can increase your risk of invasive ovarian cancer by about 30 percent if you use them frequently and for a long time.