When eating particular foods, we usually think about what is good for our body or our energy levels, but we don't typically pick a meal based on what it might do to our vaginal health. However, there are a number of foods that can impact your vaginal health, causing conditions such as dryness or throwing off your natural pH balance. This topic is not exactly something you learn in nutrition class, but if you're looking to keep your vaginal health in tact, you'll want to make sure you're tweaking your lifestyle to help everything run smoothly with your reproductive system.
"Diet affects everything, and the vagina follows the same rules of thumb as the rest of your body," Dr. Angela Jones, M.D., FACOG, tells Bustle. "Too much sugar — not a good thing. Too much alcohol — not a good thing." Everything in moderation.
Some of these foods, especially the ones that just affect your vaginal smell, are still healthy for you — which means you don't want to cut them out completely. Just make sure you're balancing them with other food groups for a well-rounded diet. To keep your vaginal health in tip-top shape, pay attention to these nine surprising foods that may impact vaginal health, according to experts.