What pH should it be? And is bacteria down there good or bad? We find out…

Around half of the population has one, so why are we so afraid to talk about them? In some cases, women don’t get the medical treatment they need because they’re too embarrassed to say the word ‘vagina’ to their healthcare providers.

You deserve to have a healthy vagina, so don’t let shame compromise your health or happiness!

Here are six things every woman should know about her vagina to make sure that everything’s as it should be down there.

1. It should have a pH of 3.8 to 4.5

A pH level refers to how acidic or alkaline something is. A healthy vagina has a slightly acidic pH that sits somewhere between 3.8 and 4.5 (similar to the pH of a tomato).

All sorts of things can affect your vagina’s pH levels, including stress, medication, contraceptives and soap. Because most soaps are actually alkaline, using them on the outside of your vagina can affect its internal pH balance. That’s why all GynaGuard products are specially formulated to restore and maintain an ideal vaginal pH balance.

2. A pH imbalance can lead to infections

You might wonder why the vagina needs to be slightly acidic. It’s because most harmful bacteria have a hard time surviving in an acidic environment. Keeping those harmful bacteria at bay is not only important for general hygiene and comfort, but also to help avoid infection and diseases. If you’re struggling with infections, you may need to keep your pH levels in check.

If you’re struggling with infections, you may need to keep your pH levels in check.

3. A vagina shouldn’t be dry

Vaginal dryness can be a problem for women of any age, but it is more common after menopause. It can be very uncomfortable – often associated with itching, burning, and painful intercourse. In a survey, 50% of South African post-menopausal women complained of vaginal dryness, and 40% were untreated.

But there’s no reason for any woman to suffer with dryness. GynaGuard Intimate Comfort Gel and Lubricating Moisturising Gel are widely available and they both help with vaginal dryness.

4. It can benefit from probiotics

Healthy vaginas are full of ‘good’ bacteria that help preserve correct pH levels and prevent infections from harmful bacteria. Lots of things can disturb this vaginal flora, which is why GynaGuard formulates its Vaginal Capsules and Foam Bath variants with probiotics, to help make sure that your good bacteria are there to keep you comfortable.

5. It’s self-cleaning – on the inside

Your vagina essentially uses discharge to clean itself and carry out any bacteria or dead cells that don’t belong. That’s why you shouldn’t wash inside your vagina – it can cause imbalances among the good bacteria that help prevent infections.

Your vagina essentially uses discharge to clean itself and carry out any bacteria or dead cells that don’t belong.

Your vulva (that’s what surrounds your vaginal opening) on the other hand needs to be washed at least every day!

6. Vaginas can be sensitive to all sorts of things

Soap, bubble bath, certain fabrics and even sperm can irritate the vagina and vulva. If you’re experiencing inflammation, itching, strange odours or just general discomfort, try switching to a pH-balanced, fragrance-free wash. If the problem persists, definitely see a doctor; there’s no need to suffer in silence.

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