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OK girls, it's time to talk vaginal health. Many times women experience unhealthy vaginal problems which they're not even aware of. I personally have never suffered from vaginal problems but I've done my research on how to prevent such issues naturally. In this article, I will discuss everything you need to know about balancing your vaginal pH.
What Is Vaginal pH?
The pH level of your vagina determines how acidic or basic your vaginal level is. The scale runs from 0 to 14 -- A pH of less than 7 is considered acidic, and a pH of more than 7 is basic. A normal vaginal pH is between 3.8 and 4.5. A pH level within this range can help keep bacterial and fungal infections at bay.
Having a high vaginal pH puts you at risk for the following infections:
Trichomoniasis (or “trich”) is a very common sexually transmitted disease (STD). It is caused by infection with a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. Although symptoms of the disease vary, most people who have the parasite cannot tell they are infected.
Bacterial vaginosis is a type of vaginal inflammation caused by the overgrowth of bacteria naturally found in the vagina, which upsets the natural balance. Women in their reproductive years are most likely to get bacterial vaginosis, but it can affect women of any age.
What Causes An Unbalanced pH?
Antibiotics. These drugs will not only kill bad bacteria, they will also destroy good bacteria you need to maintain a healthy vaginal pH.
Wearing Tampons. When blood flows through the vagina and is absorbed into a tampon or pad and sits in place, it can raise the pH level of the vagina.
Here you have 2 options:
Stop using tampons as they are unhealthy for your vaginal pH
Make sure to change your pad one time every six to eight hours on moderate flow days. If your flow is heavier, you may need to change it more frequently.
I would also like to add that changing your panties on a daily basis is extremely important when it comes to vaginal health.
3. Douching. Douching can cause side effects like burning and irritation, as well as several complications. These complications can make any issues you're trying to cover up, such as unusual odor, worse.
4. Unprotected Sex. Semen is alkaline (having a pH greater than 7) which can encourage the growth of certain bacteria and STD.
A high pH that leads to infection may have symptoms such as:
Unusual white, gray, or yellowish-green discharge
Burning when you urinate.
Natural Remedies To Balance pH Levels
Probiotics. Probiotics help to restore the body's natural bacterial levels. Eating foods such as yogurt, miso, and kombucha can help restore your natural pH balance.
Avoiding harsh soaps and douching. Soaps typically have a high pH. It is best to use warm water and a gentle cleanser to clean your hoo-ha and refrain from using soap inside your vagina.
Change tampons regularly. Leaving a tampon in for too long can increase your vaginal pH level. Changing tampons frequently also reduces the risk of bacterial infections.
Use Condoms. Using protection, such as condoms can prevent semen and other fluids from affecting pH levels in your vagina.
See your OB-GYN. It is important to get checked regurlary. Many times your OB-GYN can detect early bacteria symptoms before they cause infections.