The pH (potential of hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution in our body. It is measured on a scale of 0 to 14, the lower the pH the more acidic the solution, the higher the pH the more alkaline (or base) the solution.
The body has an acid-alkaline (or acid-base) ratio called the pH, which is a balance between positively charged ions (acid-forming) and negatively charged ions (alkaline-forming.) The body continually strives to balance pH. When this balance is compromised, many problems can occur.
A lot of us hear *pH pH pH … But might not really understand what it’s all about, and the important role it plays in women’s health. The vaginal pH fluctuates between 3.8 to 4.5 levels, slightly acidic. The normal, healthy vagina contains both good and bad bacteria.
Normally, the healthy bacteria predominate and they keep the vaginal pH between 3.8 to 4.5 levels. High vaginal pH numbers indicate less acidity, while lower than normal vaginal pH levels indicate high acidity.
If your vaginal pH is above normal, you will probably experience some of the following signs —itching, excess discharge, and painful urination. Symptoms which are similar to those of a yeast infection though typically milder. The most likely reason is that you have bacterial vaginosis (BV) and not a yeast infection.
Check out 5 facts about pH, all women should know.
1. pH is a measurement of acidity on a scale of 0 to 14. It tells us how acidic or alkaline a substance is. A pH of 7 is neutral. Values below 7 indicate acidity and increases as the number decreases – making 0 the most acidic value. Values above 7 indicate alkalinity and increases as the number Increases – making 14 the most alkaline value.
2. The skin’s pH level is just below 5, which is slightly acidic.
3. If the pH level of the skin is raised too high or drops too low, it can disrupt the health balance of the skin, and it’s natural microbiome (the microorganisms that are naturally present in the skin to help protect the skin). This could result in the healthy balance of the skin being disrupted and potentially losing it’s natural protective mechanism.
4. The pH of the female intimate area is lower – about 3.5 – 4.5.
Similar to the rest of the skin, if the pH of the intimate area is unbalanced, the skin could lose its natural protective mechanism. When skin protection is reduced, it could lead to potential irritation or sensitivity.
This is why often times many women complain about being prone to having itching, thrush and other kinds of infections down in the intimate region.
5. During menstruation, it is important to change pads or tampons regularly. One must also avoid harsh soaps and shower gels. Instead, use a product range that is specifically formulated for this sensitive area, like FEMINELLE.
These intimate care products are developed for optimised pH balance and to protect the microbiome. They also contain lactic acid, prebiotic infusion and natural Swedish extracts for lasting comfort. Plus they are biodegradable, which is good for the environment!
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Originally posted 2020-08-10 07:00:00.