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Sugar is Very Good for your Vagina

Chia Chia Sun

Posted on October 05 2017

Sugar gives a whole new meaning to our sweet spots.

You may think that sugar causes vaginal infections but it’s absolutely NOT true! In fact quite, the opposite, topical sugar has been shown to be as effective as an antibiotic, metronidazole, in curing bacterial vaginosis infections.

The clinical trial data is available here. The study shows that in 560 women who were treated with one of three options (placebo, sucrose gel, metronidazole) that the sugar was as effective as the metronidazole in actually curing bacterial infections.



The reason is likely because the sugar is acting as a pre-biotic or “food” for the Lactobacilli bacteria that reside in our vaginas. Lactobacilli produces “lactic acid” which contributes to the acidic pH nature of the vagina, which ranges from 3.5 to 4.5 during reproductive years. So - if we don’t feed the Lactobacilli bacteria, our vaginal pH changes and becomes more basic (i.e. higher than 4.5), leading to other bacteria such as E. coli and Gardnerella setting in and creating bacterial vaginosis infections (read my blog article here).

The typical symptoms of bacterial vaginosis infections include smelly discharge and itching. As women age, we become more susceptible to bacterial vaginosis due to these changes in pH.

It’s important to recognize that just because we were taught that orally consumed and metabolized sugar leads to yeast infections, it doesn’t mean that topical sugar produces the same effects. In fact, it’s the opposite. Topical sugar is good for the vagina.

Something that I have learned over the last 5 years is that we need to challenge the preconceived notions around vaginal health as we age. Instead of avoiding sugar, we need sugar for the vagina. And the opposite may be true for Kegels - Kegels can be bad for aging women because we may need vaginal muscle relaxation instead of tightening (read my blog article here).

If you have discovered a health tip that is the opposite of what you experienced when you were younger, please share and email me at chiachia@damiva.com anytime. We are all learning together.

Chia Chia Sun

Chia Chia Sun

Chia Chia is a women’s health entrepreneur, CEO and taboo abolisher. Her three graduate degrees (master’s in genetics, master’s in bioethics and MBA in corporate finance) culminated in a career spent mostly in the pharmaceutical industry and now as the brains behind Damiva, a women’s health company that makes natural pharmacy products. Trained as a clinician and genetic cancer researcher, she’s an Expert at presenting data and giving risk. Chia Chia has developed expertise and a wealth of knowledge about the importance of hormonal health at every stage of life. She loves to share her knowledge and use it to break down taboos and change the ways in which we make products for women, interact in our daily relationships and portray women in media. As an invited expert to Hollywood, Health & Society -- the organization that consults to Hollywood about portrayal of medical issues -- Chia Chia’s expertise is being disseminated across the entertainment industry.

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