A lime is a small citrus fruit, also known as Citrus aurantifolia, which skin and flesh are green in color, typically with an oval or round shape, 3–6 centimetres in diameter, containing acidic juice vesicles. Limes are grown on trees, originating in Southeast Asia, that flourish in tropical and subtropical climates.
Limes are used for culinary and non-culinary purposes around the world, mainly for its juice, which has both cleaning and culinary uses. Limes are a great source of vitamin C and are used to accent the flavours of foods and beverages. Lime juice contains about 5% to 8% of citric acid, which gives it a sour taste. Its distinctive sour taste makes it a key ingredient in drinks and foods.
Many home remedies and treatments have been attributed to limes mixed with water or even with alum over the centuries, all around the world, to wash and tighten the vagina; however, empirical evidence and medical studies have found limes to have important side effects and carrying serious health risks. YOU SHOULD NEVER USE LIME TO WASH OR TIGHTEN THE VAGINA.
Citric acid is mainly used as an acidifier, flavoring agent and chelating agent as well as an excipient in pharmaceutical preparations thanks to its antioxidant properties. It maintains stability of active ingredients and is used as a preservative. It is also used as an acidulant to control pH and acts as an anticoagulant.
Women in many cultures have used and still use lemon or lime juice for contraception and vaginal hygiene purposes. Some women even believe that lemon and lime juice might help protect them from HIV infection. However, some studies have demonstrated and proven that rather than helping, these lemon and lime juices cause so much damage that it makes it easier for HIV to enter the body. Washing the vagina with either 100% or diluted lime or lemon juice will increase the risks for a woman of getting infected with HIV.
A study conducted by Dr. Christine Mauck of CONRAD, showed that some women got small but very serious vaginal abrasions (injuries) in the walls of their vaginas after using a solution containing 50% or more of lime juice mixed with water, proving that the probabilities of vaginal injuries (abrasions) increases as the concentration of lime juice increases.
Another study conducted by Carol Lackman-Smith of the Southern Research Institute in the United States, found the level of vaginal cell damage caused by lemon and lime juice was comparable to the damage caused by a product dropped from consideration as a microbicide in 2000 when it has been proven to be able to increase women's vulnerability to HIV infection when used frequently. This study also confirmed that it was the same concentration of lime juice (50% or greater) that caused damage to the vaginal cell walls.
A third study conducted by Robin Shattock (at St. George's Hospital, London) and Gustavo Doncel (CONRAD), found that lime juice inactivates HIV more effectively than lemon juice. It showed that a 25% concentration of lime juice could cause cell damage as wells in tissue samples from the penis. Dr. Doncel even showed that a 25% concentration of lime juice could damage vaginal cells as well.
This research suggests that the use of a concentration of 50% or higher of lime juice with water will damage the cells of the walls of the vagina as well as those of the penis. Using lime or lemon juice to wash or tighten the vagina is risky, actually increasing the risks of becoming infected by HIV. These scientific studies have proven that lime and lemon juice do not meet the standards of safety and effectiveness (clinical trials) that are required to be used to wash and make your vagina tight.
Inserting lime juice into your vagina will create vaginal abrasions such as disrupted blood vessels, peeling, erythema (redness), discharge and tenderness. So not only lime juice will not appreciably or consistently lower the pH of the vaginal flora, but it will harm you and increase your risk of disease. By using a lime juice solution, you are simply shredding your vagina.
Lime juice is so harmful to your vaginal health because of its level of citric acid. Lemon and lime juice have the highest citric acid concentrations of all commercially available citrus juices. While citric acid reduces pH, it also acts as an irritant, by increasing the permeability of the cells of the vaginal walls and promoting infections rather than reducing them.
Even though many women have used lime juice based home remedies to tighten and cleanse their vaginas, we strongly urge you not to use them. In fact, whatever the ingredient you use, you should never prepare your own solutions. Your vagina has a pH that plays a major role in your overall vaginal health. Vaginal pH allows to measure the degree of acidity of the vaginal environment. Typically healthy women have a vaginal pH around 3.5 to 4.5. Keeping the vaginal pH in balance is essential to make sure yeast and bacteria is keept in check, to avoid getting infections, developping bad odor, disconfort, itching, burning and irritations.
In some cases women have been using alum powder and lime juice to tighten the vagina, but studies have shown that lime reduces the astringency of the solution, decreasing its power to make your vagina tight, another reason not to use lime juice. So, whatever your culture, please do not use lime preparations to wash or make your vagina tighter.
This is why we recommend using one of the brand name vaginal tightening products we carry rather than a home made remedy that could jeopardize your overall vaginal health by injuring the cells of the vaginal walls, unbalancing your vaginal pH and leaving you at a higher risk of contracting HIV. Our vaginal tightening products adhere to strict quality control regulations and have standards in place to make sure they are safe for your health.
So, we suggest you to browse our vaginal tightening products, all made of proven vaginal tightening ingredients such as alum, manjakani, pueraria mirifica, witch hazel, pomegranate, kacip fatimah and others which formualtions have been used for centuries in Asia.
Lime does not have an astringent property so it will NOT help tighten your vagina. As explained above lime juice is dangerous for your overall health and should be avoided.
Based on the results of the above studies, NO. The health risks are way too high.
No. Lime is not astringent and cannot tighten the vagina. In addition as per the above information lime juice is dangerous for your vaginal and overall health.
It is very bad and should be avoided at all cost. Lime juice solutions will injure the cells of the vaginal walls ans increase the risks of getting HIV.
Many women have been using lime juice to make their vaginas tightger but lime juice preparations are very dangerous for your health and should be avoided. Thei citric acid will hurt the cells of the vaginal walls leaving you at risk of contractings infections and diseases.
Alum by itself can be used to tighten the vagina, if you know the exact concentration of alum to use to prepare the solution, but lime should be avoided at all costs, because it decreases the power to tighten the vagina of the alum but specially because it is very harmful to the vaginal walls.