By Kathie Canning, Mar 12, 2024

Kecia Gaither, M.D., a double board-certified physician in OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine and director of Perinatal Services/Maternal Fetal Medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in New York, agreed there’s heightened interest in clean ingredients.

“I think there has been a scientifically based media drive to understand and acknowledge the existence of the vaginal microbiome and how that plays into many things—from a baby’s immunologic competence post-vaginal birth to vaginal health,” she said. “With that being said, products which have chemicals, perfumes, deodorants or powders aren’t readily desired for vaginal health as they may irritate and/or alter the vaginal microbiome, [leading] to increased incidence of vaginal infections like bacterial vaginosis or yeast infections.”

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