Andrews Liver Salts is a brand of Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid and Magnesium Sulphate. The powder contains sugar; two antacids, sodium bicarbonate (22.6% w/w) and citric acid (19.5% w/w); and a laxative, magnesium sulphate (17.4% w/w). The product is similar to Eno’s salts and Kruschen salts, and a mild form of Epsom salts. The term “liver salts” or “health salts” is typically used for a laxative.
How does andrews liver salts work?
Andrews acts effectively as an antacid and laxative to relieve you of heartburn, indigestion and constipation symptoms. Andrews Liver Salts effervescent powder works as an antacid by providing quick and effective relief from indigestion, upset stomach, excess acid and symptoms of over-indulgence. At higher doses, the powder can be used as a laxative to treat constipation.
Does Andrews Liver Salt Prevent Pregnancy?
In recent times, Andrews Liver Salts has been used as a means of preventing pregnancy (contraceptive) by applying it as a spermicide or flush agent to expel sperm cells after intercourse. An estimated 80 million unintended pregnancies occur each year worldwide, resulting in 42 million induced abortions and 34 million unintended births. These unintended pregnancies have grave consequences for the health and well-being of women and families, particularly in low-and middle-income countries where maternal mortality is high and abortions are often unsafe. Three hundred and fifty-eight thousand women die of pregnancy-related causes every year according to the World Health Organization. Here are important things you should know about using Andrews liver salt to flush out sperm or prevent unwanted pregnancy.
It Alters The Normal Vaginal flora
In developing regions, an estimated 232 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using safe and effective family planning methods, for reasons ranging from lack of access to information or services to lack of support from their partners or communities. This threatens their ability to build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. Using Andrews liver salt to flush out sperm or prevent unwanted pregnancy destroys the microflora of the vagina. The vaginal flora are the bacteria that live inside the vagina. The normal vaginal flora are dominated by various lactobacillus species. Lactobacilli help to keep the vagina healthy by producing lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and other substances that inhibit the growth of yeast and other unwanted organisms.
It Alters vaginal PH
A normal vaginal pH is between 3.8 and 4.5. A pH level within this range can help to keep bacterial and fungal infections at bay. Lactobacilli bacteria live in the vagina and secrete lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide, which give the vagina its acidic pH level. Introducing Andrews liver salt into the vagina significantly alters the Vagina PH which often results in itching, irritation, odor, and/or discharge. if the discharge is accompanied by itching and has a thick, cottage cheese-like consistency or appearance, it’s not normal and needs treatment. This type of discharge may be a sign of a yeast infection.
It Can result In Unwanted Pregnancy
Andrews Liver salt is an antacid and laxative not a contraceptive. Using the medication as a contraceptive will often lead to sub optimal function and contraceptive failure. In the developing world, 74 million unintended pregnancies occur annually, of which 30% are due to contraceptive failure among women using traditional or modern contraceptive methods, a significant proportion of all unintended pregnancies.
It Increases The risk of acquiring sexually transmitted infections.
The two most common causes of itching, irritation, and heavy discharge are bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections both of which are related to changes in bacterial composition and PH changes which can be caused by using Andrews liver salt to flush out sperm or prevent unwanted pregnancy. Higher vaginal pH is associated with Chlamydia trachomatis infection in women. People who have chlamydia trachomatis are at higher risk of also having other STIs — including gonorrhea and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Chlamydia trachomatis can be associated with:
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID): PID is an infection of the uterus and fallopian tubes that causes pelvic pain and fever. Severe infections may require hospitalization for intravenous antibiotics. PID can damage the fallopian tubes, ovaries and uterus, including the cervix.
- Infection near the testicles: (epididymitis): A chlamydia infection can inflame the coiled tube located beside each testicle (epididymis). The infection may result in fever, scrotal pain and swelling.
- Prostate gland infection: The chlamydia organism can spread to a man’s prostate gland. Prostatitis may result in pain during or after sex, fever and chills, painful urination, and lower back pain.
- Infections in newborns: The chlamydia infection can pass from the vaginal canal to your child during delivery, causing pneumonia or a serious eye infection.
- Chlamydia infections: Even those that produce no signs or symptoms can cause scarring and obstruction in the fallopian tubes, which may make women infertile.