By: Lady Fay’s Boudoir
It’s important to keep your body’s pH levels in check, particularly those parts with which only the fairer sex are blessed. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure that your vagina’s pH levels stay as they should.
What is pH?
Firstly, pH is the measure of how acidic or alkaline we are. A pH of zero is completely acidic, a pH of 14 is completely alkaline and a pH of seven is neutral, as is the case with water.
We don’t have one pH level throughout our bodies. For instance, the stomach has a pH of between 1.35 and 3.5 because it needs to be acidic to aid digestion. The blood, on the other hand, must always be slightly alkaline, with a pH of 7.35 to 7.45. What we eat will affect the pH level of our urine but won’t necessarily determine our blood’s pH level, and so on.
During a woman’s reproductive years, her vagina usually has an approximate pH value of 3.8 to 4.5, which means it functions best in a relatively acidic environment. This is maintained naturally by the body’s production of lactic acid which is rich in beneficial bacteria.
Keep things clean
The vagina is a self-cleansing organ that secretes a small amount of discharge to keep itself clean. All we really need to do is wash away secretions trapped around the external folds – the sweat and urine that might accumulate there over the course of the day. Interfering with the natural function within your vagina is likely to cause vaginal irritation or worse still, a nasty infection. So, avoid using soap – or even water – internally.
It’s important not to use harsh soaps or cleansers, which have a pH value of around nine or 10, when washing those tender external bits – that include the labia and the mons pubis – but rather to substitute with gentle cleansers from Nature Fresh Products like Rooibos or Tea Tree Personal Cleanser which have the perfect pH balance of between 3.5 and four. They’re made with herbal extracts, are free of perfume, harsh chemical additives and colouring, and will help to deodorise without upsetting the delicate pH balance that protects you from fungal and bacterial infections.
Unfortunately, there are a number of other triggers that can upset the climate of your vaginal ecosystem. Our vaginas become more alkaline when we have our periods, since blood has a higher pH, but most women’s bodies cope with this elevated pH as long as we replace our tampon or pads regularly. Then there’s condom-free sexual intercourse. Semen has a pH of 7.1 to 8 and the walls of the vagina are highly absorptive which means that this very natural act can cause imbalances which will be further exacerbated by bathing before and after sex, especially if harsh soaps are used.
One of the problems could be female dryness. But this is easily corrected with the use of a product like Whet Vanillicious water-based lubricant. It’s the closest you can get to your own body fluid, is spermicide free and perfect to use when trying for a baby.
Did you know?
It’s interesting to note that during ovulation, hormonal surges keep your cervical mucus alkaline so that sperm can survive for up to 48 hours inside the reproductive organs instead of the usual 2 hours in an acidic environment.
But even when you’re not trying to fall pregnant, there is a good reason to introduce semen into your vagina. The penis is the dispenser of a sort of natural Prozac. Semen contains serotonin which is the main neurotransmitter in any number of antidepressants and it also contains other mood enhancing chemicals like oxytocin and it’s even claimed that women exposed to semen perform better at concentration and cognitive tasks.