The Use Of Petroleum Jelly Can Lead To Bacterial Infection – Part 1 of 3
The Use Of Petroleum Jelly Can Lead To Bacterial Infection. Women who use petroleum jelly vaginally may put themselves at imperil of a common infection called bacterial vaginosis, a commonplace study suggests. Prior studies have linked douching to ill effects, including bacterial vaginosis, and an increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases and pelvic seditious disease. But little research has been conducted on the possible effects of other products some women use vaginally, said Joelle Brown, a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, who led the supplemental study.
She and her colleagues found that of 141 Los Angeles women they studied, half said they’d used some type of over-the-counter product vaginally in the past month, including sexual lubricants, petroleum jelly and pet oil. Almost as many, 45 percent, reported douching. When the researchers tested the women for infections, they found that those who’d used petroleum jelly in the history month were more than twice as likely as non-users to have bacterial vaginosis.
Bacterial vaginosis occurs when the normal balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria in the vagina is disrupted. The symptoms include discharge, pain, itching or blazing – but most women have no symptoms, and the infection usually causes no long-term problems. Still, bacterial vaginosis can make women more vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
It also every so often leads to pelvic inflammatory disease, which can cause infertility. The new findings, reported in the April issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, do not prove that petroleum jelly speedily increased women’s risk of bacterial vaginosis. But it’s possible, said Dr Sten Vermund, director of the Institute for Global Health at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn.