Why Women Should Not Use Lemon or Lime Juice as a Microbicide

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Women in many cultures have used lemon or lime juice for contraception and vaginal hygiene for centuries; however, despite rumours that say otherwise, these juices are not only ineffective as a microbicide to prevent transmission of HIV, but can actually cause HIV transmission more easily because of the damage that they do to vaginal tissues.

This document gives resources, including a brief review of studies of the use of citrus juices as microbicides and their effect on the human body; answers questions about whether there are useful natural microbicides; and advises readers to send clear messages to other women about the true after effects of these substances, and suggests using other forms of protection until a microbicidal solution is found.

You can download this 3 page PDF resource above. This resource is in English.