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The Health Benefits of Going Down on a Woman (for Both Participants)

Many people supplement their diets with probiotics, but you can also find this type of 'good bacteria' in the human body — specifically in a woman's vagina. Instead of shilling out for bougie probiotic yogurts or drinks, why not take a trip south of the border?

What's up with that vaginal bacteria?

The vaginal ecosystem contains lactobacillus, a bacteria that grows to regulate vaginal pH, according to the Pharmabiotic Research Institute.

Lactobacilli produce lactic acid, keeping the pH in vaginal fluid at a healthy 4.5. Vaginal secretions typically contain Lactobacillus crispatus, Lactobacillus jensenii, Lactobacilus iners, Lactobacillus gasseri and can also contain Lactobacillus reuteri.

Recently, the company Order of Yoni brewed a beer that contained vaginal bacteria.

One woman even used her vaginal secretions to make yogurt, and described her culinary endeavor in a 2015 post on Motherboard.

Listen up, dudes (and ladies). These are the health benefits of eating pussy.

Lactobacillus is also present in your gut, where it is usually termed 'probiotics,' Broadly pointed out. Probiotics aid digestion, allowing good microorganisms to balance out your gastrointestinal system, according to Medical Daily.

Eating probiotics can prevent illness, the Cleveland Clinic reported. They can also boost your mood and help alleviate depression, according to Medical Daily. Sounds good, right?

Broadly asked the Mayo Clinic's Dr. Helena Mendes-Soares if it was possible to gain these benefits from giving a woman oral sex.

"I think it would be possible, but probably unlikely," she said. "I don't know of any study that [has] addressed it."

Some people even believe that probiotics you can buy over the counter aren't particularly beneficial because they aren't the same species as natural bacteria present in the body. "Compared to the complexity of the GI microenvironment, probiotics contain just a few bacteria, and not even the most common bowel organisms. It is safe to say that the “good” bacteria so highly touted in probiotics are but a minor constituent of a complex flora," Mark Crislip, an infectious disease doctor and probiotic critic, wrote.

Why not go the natural route?

Dr. Mendes-Soares explained that a gram of vaginal fluid contains 100,000 to 100 million Lactobacillus cells, depending on the woman. In order to reap the health benefits of probiotics, one would have to swallow between "ten and 10,000 grams (10 kg) of vaginal fluid," Broadly reported. Hey, it's worth a shot.

It's worth noting that a serving of lady juice doesn't just contain helpful nutrients, but can also transmit harmful bacteria and STIs, so it never hurts for both partners to get tested before going down.

Receiving oral sex also has health perks.

As ATTN: has previously reported, the female orgasm also benefits your mental and physical health. An orgasm releases oxytocin, dopamine, and endorphins, which elevate your mood and can even alleviate pain — if you're feeling period cramps, take note.

[h/t Broadly]