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Causes of vaginal pH imbalance


Balance is what has enabled us to adapt gracefully from one era to another: from being the reserved female of the past to the 21st century woman – one who embodies strength and independence balanced with elegance and grace.

Your intimate area values equilibrium as much as you do to function properly. The vagina produces secretions to regulate and cleanse itself, maintaining a balanced acidic environment. Any interference with this delicate balance will result in the growth of bad bacteria. Yet, many of us don’t know our daily habits can disturb the vagina’s natural balance.

Some things  that can affect the vagina's natural balance include:

  • Inadequate feminine hygiene
  • Synthetic underwear
  • Tight clothes (such as skinny jeans and some sports clothing)
  • Daily use of panty liners
  • Intense sexual activity (semen is alkaline and affects the vagina’s acidity)
  • Feminine hygiene sprays
  • Excessive fragrance (from perfumed soap or wash)
  • Dyed and scented toilet paper
  • Harsh fabric softener used for underwear
  • Birth control pills
  • Antibiotic treatment
  • Stress or fatigue
  • Poor diet


Source

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  • Eckert L. Acute vulvovaginitis. NEJM 2006; 355 (12): 1246-1252; 5 Jancin B. OB Gyne News Sep 1, 2000.
  • Sullivan A et al. Ecological Effects of Perorally Administered Pivmecillinam on the Normal Vaginal Microflora. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2005; 49(1): 170–175.
  • Runeman B. et al.The vulva skin microclimate: influence of panty liners on temperature, humidity and pH. Acta Derm Venereol. 2003; 83(2): 88-92.
  • MSN Encyclopedia & Dictionary 2008. www.encarta.msn.com Accessed March 2009.
  • Menopause & Perimenopause by Marcy Holmes 2009. www.womentowomen.com Accessed March 2009.

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