You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know that eating good-for-you foods can benefit your overall health. But there are also certain foods that may affect your vaginal health in particular. If you’re eager to avoid yeast infections (and who isn’t?), maintain a healthy pH balance, or even improve your sex life, some foods can help the cause. Unfortunately, the reverse is also true: other snacks may actually make you more prone to infections down there (and they tend to be snacks of the delicious junk food variety).
Some of these correlations between food and a healthy vagina are kind of mind-blowing. Did you know that there is a type of fruit that may boost women’s sexual satisfaction? Or that getting enough of one type of vitamin could keep your cervix from developing a precancerous condition? In some cases, food really is medicine.
And, of course, most of the foods that are beneficial fall into the very healthy camp: vegetables, fruits, and legumes feature pretty prominently. But — bummer alert — a box of sugary cookies might actually increase your chances for certain infections. So sticking to rich yogurts, sweet fruits, and tasty quinoa may help keep your vaginal health in tip-top shape.