Show Love to Your Vagina
I know you all have probably heard about vaginal P.H., but the question is, do you know what vaginal P.H. means? Yes, this is a small health concern that many females have no idea how this affects our vagina. So P.H. levels are measured on how acidic or non-acidic something. A PH levels are measured on a scale 0 to 10, with 0 being the highest acidity and 10 representing the lowest. A normal P.H. level for a vagina is between 3.5 and 4.5. When pH levels rise, that means acidity has dropped, and so has healthy, protective bacteria.
So here are a couple of everyday things you alter to show love to your vagina.
1. Douching: Yes, I know… Somebody great-grandmother, grandma, mommy, auntie, or 22nd cousin down the line told you that you should douche after your menstrual to get that awful smell away. No, just let your vagina clean itself. It is acidic for a reason, and no, it's not supposed to smell like a lotus flower bomb (no matter what Wale tells you).
2. Tampons: Oh this may confuse some of my Glamher queens. We all know you don't want to wear a bulky pad (that can potentially show through those skinny jeans). Just think about becoming friends with pads (at least every other month). I know yall are probably saying there are organic tampons out, but anytime you stick something up there, you are messing with you pH levels.
3. Sex: Some of you are probably saying," I am not giving up sex," but it 's not about giving up sex; it's about being safe when you are having sex. If you are having lots of sex or sex with new partners, that can increase your chances of a yeast infection. I bet you don't even understand why…It 'ss because your partners introduce foreign bacteria into your vagina, which can alter your pH levels. Use condoms. I repeat use condoms. This helps reduce the risk of introducing bacteria into the vagina.
Since we excluded douching, definitely urinate immediately after sex to flush out some bacteria.
4. Period: The one thing we all cringe about once a month but love to see at the same time… Yes, our period. Our menstrual cycles produce blood. Blood has a very high P.H. level. This is why some women are more prone to yeast infection.
5. Menopause: To my wiser women, who are going through menopause, make sure your vagina is getting adequate estrogen to maintain a healthy pH level. Those levels contribute to several issues like vaginal dryness and an increased risk of yeast infections. P.S. many women take estrogen supplements during menopause