Toxic TP Causing UTI's,
July 29, 2020
Yeast Infections and Irritation?
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As a rule of thumb, the fluffier and more processed the fiber, the more chemicals the ultrasoft toilet paper contains. According to board-certified ob-gyn Pari Ghodsi, “Toilet Paper can irritate your vulva and your vagina, especially if you have sensitive skin.”
The Hidden Danger of Toxic-TP
Puffy, painful, itchy or swollen? Your toilet paper may be to blame. The unique skin of the vulva is especially susceptible to irritation due to its moistness and warmth. When harsh chemicals are introduced, it can throw off pH-levels and leave you vulnerable to infection, inflammation and rashes. Michael Ingber, M.D., a urogynecologist at The Center for Specialized Women's Health, agrees, noting that toilet paper actually can cause all kinds of infections if you don’t use it properly.
What causes an allergic reaction?
According to the medical community, TP can trigger vulvovaginitis (also known as vulvitis), an inflammatory state that can be caused by contact-irritation or allergy. Even worse, vulvovaginitis can put you at risk of bacterial, viral, or yeast infections.
Toilet Paper Characteristics to Avoid at All Costs:
It is common for major toilet paper brands to not fully disclose their production process or any chemical additives they use in their product. Because of this, we compiled a list of toilet paper characteristics that you can watch for when making your toilet paper purchases. If the toilet paper falls into one of these categories, it may be time to make a switch to something that is more gentle and hypoallergenic:
- 1. “Thick” and “Absorptive” Brands: 3-ply, expensive toilet paper
- 2. Dusty film or linty leave behinds on surface of toilet paper -- signs of BPA
- 3. “Ultra-soft” -- chlorine bleach was likely used in the production process unless they disclosed otherwise
- 4. Patterns embossed on TP -- often more likely to have linty leave behind
Harmful Chemicals Used in TP Production:
A recent medical study found that “normal microflora (Lactobacillus species) was not present in nearly 50% of bidet users, compared to 9% of non-users. Fecal bacteria were detected in 50 of the 268 cases (18.66%), 46 cases in users (92%) and only 4 cases in non-users (8%). Contamination by other pathogens was 4 to 6 times higher in users than in non-users.
“Habitual use of bidet toilets aggravates vaginal microflora, either by depriving normal microflora or facilitating opportunistic infection of fecal bacteria and other microorganisms,”
Counterintuitively, if you use a bidet you can be more prone to BV and therefore UTIs.
In a survey, 40% of our users reported relief from irritation. Are you ready to experience the peace of mind that comes with toxin-free toilet paper? Make the switch to our life-changing hypoallergenic bath tissue. Try Bim Bam Boo today for a healthier wipe, and join our community on Instagram.