Intimate Care: Everything you need to know about maintaining a good pH balance
165 days ago
Ladies, if the only thing you know about treating a vaginal infection is that plain yoghurt works for the sting... then, you probably don’t know what’s going on down there, do you?
Don’t worry about it – we’ve got you covered with this (long overdue) overview about striking the right (pH) balance with your fancy bits because, it all starts with understanding the importance of your vagina’s pH balance.
So, what is pH balance?
In simple terms, pH balance is the vagina’s level of acidity. A health vaginal pH is between 3.5 and 4.5. Having a slightly acidic vagina with a perfect amount of good bacteria (also known as lactobacilli) is actually a good thing – it means that the environment is protective, creating a barrier against infections and diseases. If your pH is higher or even lower than the ideal pH levels, you could be at risk of contracting horrifying symptoms such as bad odour, vaginal irritation and infections such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush.
So, what causes an imbalance in pH levels?
There are a few things that can affect vaginal pH levels, which include:
• The presence of semen after sexual intercourse (pH 8.1)
• Taking antibiotics
• Inappropriate douching with homemade cleansers
• Your menstrual cycle (pH 7.4)
• General body wash and soaps (pH 9-10)
Here are 5 tips on what not to do when it comes to your va-jay-jay’s pH balance:
1. If you’re still washing with scented soaps down there – you’re doing it wrong
As you’ve read, to protect itself from harmful infections, the vagina should maintain a specific pH balance. Scented or perfumed soap and shower gels can throw off a healthy balance of bacteria and pH levels of your intimate flora, making it prone to infection.
Ditch the soap and, try BETADINE’s all new, Daily Intimate Care range which is gynaecologically tested and includes a paraben and coulourant-free foam, wash and feminine wipes (they are flushable) made from natural ingredients and, is specially designed to gently cleanse and deodorise your intimate area.
In addition, the range also contains a combination of prebiotic nutrients that promote the growth of good bacteria (lactobacilli) naturally found in the vaginal flora and, help support your vagina’s natural pH balance by protecting against infection.
2. Don’t douche, it’s bad for you
Studies have found that the age-old practice of inappropriate douching can in fact do the opposite of what it is meant to do. In fact, since the vagina naturally self-cleans, douching with a liquid solution can have adverse effects, decreasing its good bacteria and, increasing its pH levels. If you do have a vaginal infection, douching with a medicated douche can take care of the infection – make sure you consult with your healthcare professional for information on this.
3. Probiotics for the win
If you haven’t heard, probiotics – which basically are ‘friendly’ strains of lactobacillus, have been scientifically proven to restore good vaginal bacteria and, treat conditions such as thrush, yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis. Taken orally, the strains colonise in the vagina and restores the balance of healthy bacteria after a week of treatment.
4. Use feminine care products to clean your intimate area
Using a safe intimate foam or wash will support your intimate area’s pH balance, reduce unfriendly organisms and because it contains prebiotics it helps the growth of beneficial bacteria offers daily optimal protection from unwanted symptoms such as odour, itch and irritation.
5. Too tight down there?
Your underwear plays a big role in your vaginal health. Who knew? Wearing underwear that are too tight or made from synthetic fabric can cause vaginal irritation as a result of the heat and moisture building up in your intimate area and, as we know – harmful bacteria loves this type of environment.
Let’s face it – you don’t have to be an expert to know that it might just be time to rethink your feminine hygiene routine.
Visit Betadine Intimate Care for more information.
This article first appeared on KFM : Intimate Care: Everything you need to know about maintaining a good pH balance