Feminine Hygiene

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THERE ARE A SURPRISING NUMBER OF TRIGGERS THAT CAN UPSET THE VAGINAL ECOSYSTEM:

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  • Menstruation: Blood has a pH of 7.4, so during your period, vaginal pH becomes elevated.
  • Tampons: Since they retain the fluids that cause the pH to increase, tampons can contribute to the problem
  • Intercourse: The pH of semen is 7.2 to 8
  • Douching and cleansers: Any vaginal infusion of water or other fluids can affect vaginal pH
  • Normal soap has a pH of 9 or more. The pH of water is 7, and fragrances and perfumes can also irritate the vagina.
  • Menopause and pregnancy: These are times hwere hormones fluctuate, which is associated with elevated pH.
  • Stress, tight clothing, lingerie and lack of sleep.
  • Other risk factors include a new sexual partner or multiple partners, use of antibiotics among others.

PRACTICING SOME OF THESE PREVENTION TECHNIQUES MAY HELP OR REDUCE YOUR RISK:

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  • Always wear cotton underwear; avoid nylon and Lycra as much as possible, as they trap air creating a breeding ground for yeast; never wear pantyhose without wearing cotton panties underneath.
  • Always use water-based lubricants when vaginal dryness is an issue, during sexual intercourse.
  • Always wipe from front to back to prevent the yeast which normally inhabits the intestinal tract from being transferred to the vaginal area.
  • Don’t use perfumed bath products or powders in the vaginal area, these can cause irritations which can lead to infection.
  • Don’t use douches! Douches wash away the natural protective mucous of the vagina leaving the vagina more susceptible to yeast and other vaginal infections.
  • Use a pH balanced feminine wash for your genital area on a daily basis

 

 

If your vaginal pH is above normal, you are probably experiencing some of the following symptoms:

  • Itching
  • Excess discharge, and
  • Painful urination



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