Good day, Erik Bakker, naturopath, and author of Candida Crusher FAQ.
Can talcum powder cause a yeast infection?
I don’t think it really can. I’ve never heard of that one before. I’m not a big fan of talcum though. I can remember reading a study in 2008 from the Harvard Medical School where 3,000 people were checked out; they analyzed over 3,000 people and found that women who were using talcum powder once per day in the genital region had a 40 percent increased chance of ovarian cancer. And they found that when women used talcum powder once per week, the risk dropped to 38 percent. This was quite an extensive study that collected information from two separate studies.
I’m not a big fan of talc at all on the body. If you want to use talcum powder as an agent, why don’t you use corn flour? Wheat and corn flour may be better ideas. I don’t think talc is good. I prefer people dry themselves with a towel and then use a hair dryer around the genital region if they want to really be dry.
Talcum powder doesn’t really cause a yeast infection. In fact, talc helps dry the body and it will help prevent a yeast infection. Because moisture, dark, warmth and moisture are the three things that yeast really likes to proliferate in. So in fact the opposite applies. Applying talc will probably help prevent yeast infections rather than exacerbate them or be a causative factor. But just be warned, there is a link now between ovarian cancer and talcum powder.
Do your own research. Don’t listen to all these people who market these products. Have a bit of a look around on the internet and talk to some expert people, make up your own mind. Hopefully, you stop using things every day on the genital region. Because you don’t want to have an increased risk of any cancer by some daily habit.
So I hope that answers your question. Thanks for your question.