How getting wasted affects your vaginal ecosystem

Drugs and booze and vaginas

If you are doing a lot of partying you are putting pressure on your system by forcing it to process heavy-load, often-toxic substances that take the focus away from protecting you from bacterial invasions, not to mention directly murder your friendly microbes.

Not getting enough sleep, not being properly hydrated and not eating properly all take their toll on your bacterial balance because you are not providing your body with everything it needs to protect itself. In addition to this, you are clogging up your liver, one of your primary organs of elimination.

This isn’t a lecture about drugs or drinking – knock yourself out – it is simply a reality check for the impact excessive partying has on your body when you are trying to either support your bacterial balance or fix a problem as insidious as bacterial vaginosis.  You should be making an informed decision about what you choose to put into your body – choose carefully while you are trying to treat BV because it matters.

Many chemicals kill good bacteria on contact, so just think about where your party favourites end up. If you are snorting, swallowing or inserting drugs in your anal canal or vagina, they tend to kill your good microbes on contact; if you smoke cigarettes or pot, the smoke is a carcinogen and isn’t going to be supportive of the tiny life form of a microbe; and so on – you get the drift. Be discerning. If you are having bacterial issues in your vagina, chill out on the substances until your bacterial balance is back on track.

   The birth control pill and other medications

Some pharmaceutical drugs are known to kill good bacteria in the gut on contact. For example, the oral contraceptive pill (OCP) and paracetamol (Tylenol, Panadol Forte, and others containing codeine) are probiotic enemies.

This means that if you are on the pill or pain medication and suffer BV or yeast infections regularly, it is advisable to be chowing down on fermented probiotic food as a matter of course.

As discussed, antibiotics kill a lot of bacteria and should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.