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Optimal Intimate Health: How to Maintain pH Balance

Published 2023-10-03 09:20 by Nordictest
Optimal Intimate Health: How to Maintain pH Balance

Itching, burning, and unpleasant odor in the intimate area are common problems that often originate from a disturbed bacterial balance. Even though this condition isn't dangerous, it can be extremely irritating. In this article, we will explore the importance of vaginal pH and share our best tips to maintain your intimate health in balance.

What does vaginal pH mean?

The environment of the vagina is naturally acidic, and this acidic pH value plays a crucial role in its local immune defense. An acidic environment in the vagina makes it difficult for harmful bacteria and fungi to thrive and reproduce.

During the fertile period in women, the vaginal pH is at its lowest. It usually ranges between 3.8 and 4.5, but can vary slightly during the menstrual cycle. During menstruation, the vaginal pH slightly increases because menstrual blood is mildly alkaline (with a pH above 7). Moreover, the pH value can increase before puberty and after menopause.

If the number of lactobacilli decreases, the production of lactic acid also diminishes, resulting in higher pH values which favor harmful bacteria. This leads to further imbalance in the bacterial flora and the pH value.

Factors that can raise the vaginal pH include:

  • Low estrogen levels, which can occur after menopause or before puberty.
  • Menstrual blood, which is mildly alkaline with a pH of 7.4.
  • Unprotected sex, since semen is alkaline and can raise vaginal pH.
  • Antibiotic treatment, which can disrupt both harmful and beneficial bacteria, leading to a bacterial imbalance.
  • Bacterial vaginosis, a disturbance in the bacterial flora.

Possible signs of imbalance in vaginal pH:

An imbalance in vaginal pH can cause discomfort and give rise to symptoms such as:

  • Bad-smelling intimate area (the odor can be reminiscent of spoiled fish).
  • Unusual gray, white, or green discharge.
  • Itching.
  • Burning or stinging sensation during urination.
  • Increased discharge.

However, it's essential to note that pH levels don't always change in conjunction with a disrupted bacterial flora. For instance, a fungal infection in the intimate area can occur without the pH value increasing.

5 tips to maintain the right pH level in your intimate area:

  1. Always use protection during intercourse, especially if you have multiple sexual partners. Also, ensure that the lubricant has a low pH value.
  2. Change pads or tampons regularly during menstruation. Tampons should be changed at least every eight hours, preferably more often.
  3. Wear breathable clothes and underwear, as lactobacilli require oxygen to survive.
  4. Avoid vaginal douching, which can disrupt the natural cleaning process and lead to an imbalance in the bacterial flora.
  5. Don't over-clean your intimate area. A simple wash once a day with lukewarm water, possibly with intimate soap or a mild soap with a low pH value, is more than sufficient.

By following these simple tips, you can help maintain the right pH balance and promote a healthy intimate health.

Nordictest offers pH tests:

If you want to keep track of your vaginal pH value, you can easily purchase pH tests from Nordictest. These tests can assist you in monitoring your intimate health and, if necessary, take actions to maintain the right pH balance. It's a convenient way to take control over your vaginal health.

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