How Do You Test and Balance Vaginal pH?
Hunties, let’s be honest - it's never a bad time to talk about your vaginal health! In fact, why are we always so “hush, hush” about it? Why don't we talk about it more?
By knowing all the ins and outs of your Vibe, it will be so much easier to keep it clean and healthy, so you can be your happiest! And we want both, right? Of course, we do!
Together, let's learn and talk about our vaginal pH balance and why it’s oh-so important!
We’ll look into how it's normally balanced, what that number looks like, what can throw it off, and how you can ultimately test your Vibe health. Sounds like a lot, right? Not to worry--we’ve got you covered because it's super important to stay informed about your body for your daily well-being.
Ready to jump in? Let's go!
What Do Normal Levels Look Like?
Did you know that maintaining the pH balance of your Vibe is essential to keeping it healthy? It’s a biggie!
So, when your Vibe’s pH is at 7, it’s neutral, if it appears below 7 it’s considered acidic, while a pH above 7 is considered basic. This scale ranges from 1 to 14. Normally, a vaginal pH tends to be more acidic. Because of this, the normal number is usually less than 4.5. The lower the number, the more acidic your Vibe will be.
It's vital to know that outside factors can cause this pH level to fluctuate, which is why it's super important to always maintain the health of your body and always keep it in check. This can be done by doing self-checks, as well as making regular doctor’s appointments to maintain your optimal level of wellness.
Why Should You Perform a pH Test?
Hunties, it's super important to know and evaluate your vaginal symptoms, especially if you are at risk for infection or require any medical treatment.
However, it’s important to know that this pH test does not test for things such as STD's and STI's. For those types of tests, make sure you're always partnering with a medical professional. Remember, health and safety always come first!
What Can Throw Off the Vaginal pH Balance?
There's actually a ton of ways that your vaginal pH can be thrown off, and this is definitely normal! From different life milestones to just daily activities in general, it can be pretty easy to tip the scale.
So, let’s take a quick peek at all the ways your pH levels can be pushed out of balance!
This is actually a medical condition that proves that there is too much bacteria present in the vagina. This alone is a great indicator that your pH level is off, and that’s not a good sign!
If you happen to be experiencing this condition, these are some of the symptoms that you may experience:
- Pain in the vagina
- Burning with urination
- White or grey discharge
When cleaning or reclaiming your Vibe, it’s easy to throw off your system when artificial or unnatural ingredients are used. Different duoching solutions such as vinegar or baking soda are also known for being able to change the body’s pH.
Douching can also wash out the good bacteria, which not only messes with your vaginal pH, but it could also lead to an infection since the good bacteria is there to fight foreign invaders, and we definitely don’t want infections!
Life happens, and new chapters in our bodies come and go. For all of the hunties going through this particular stage in their life, know that it can actually raise your pH levels.
Also, if you have reduced estrogen levels, it could be a factor when it comes to changing your levels.
Other Vaginal Infections
Any infection has a habit of messing with your pH levels. With the proper prescribed medications and a medical professional to advise, your body can get back on track!
Your Monthly Cycle
It happens! Every month, your pH levels have the potential to go up as your body goes through its normal menstruation period.
While it’s quite the opposite of ideal, at least you now know that it could also be the cause for less than normal pH levels.
Having Unprotected Sex
While the vagina is normally acidic, semen is considered to be basic. As soon as it enters and mixes with the vagina, levels are bound to go up.
Unlike some of the other reasons though, this is generally only a temporary change.
If You Take Antibiotics
Antibiotics can be great for killing bad or harmful bacteria. However, it should also be noted that it can kill all off good bacteria too.
When antibiotics are prescribed, they can shift your pH levels and increase your potential risk for infection.
Are you experiencing any of the above? If so, you might want to get your vaginal pH checked out. It’s much better to be safe and know that you’re healthy than have to combat this tricky imbalance alone.
How Do You Test the Vaginal pH?
So, now that we know what causes your vaginal pH to shift up or down, it's time to figure out how to test it, so we can understand if it's within a normal level or not. After all, this is important information to know!
Luckily, it's actually super simple!
All you have to do is hold a piece of pH paper against the wall of your vagina for a few seconds. Then once it's removed, you're going to compare the color of the pH paper to the colors on a chart that’s provided with any test kit that you receive.
The number on the chart that corresponds with the color you’re seeing is the one that best matches your vaginal pH number. Pretty simple, right?
The best part is that you have options! There are both home tests and a doctor-provided test, so you can take your vaginal pH at home, or if you feel more comfortable, you can take it with a doctor. Either way, both are generally easily accessible!
Are These Tests Accurate?
Most of the time, vaginal tests you buy at the local drugstore are in overall agreement with a doctor's diagnosis. However, this isn't to say that you have an infection or something is wrong with that area.
This test is only to determine what pH level is present in that particular area, so then you know if you need to go to a doctor, who can better diagnose the situation and get you the help that you need to balance your levels if necessary. Let’s face it - there's nothing wrong with a little extra balance in your life!
How Do You Keep Your pH at a Healthy Level?
Have no fear, as pH shifts can definitely be prevented, and you can maintain healthy levels on a daily basis. There are definitely certain proactive steps that you can take and certain behaviors that you can avoid to ensure that you put your vaginal wellness first!
By following these tips and tricks, you're more likely to have a healthier vaginal pH and less worries on your mind.
Have Protected Sex
Not only will this protect you against any types of STD's or STI's, but it will also prevent semen from disrupting your vaginal levels.
One of the best and easiest ways to ensure you’re protected is to use a male or female condom. This will instantly create a protective barrier for you while you’re having a good time!
Did you know probiotics can actually improve the balance of healthy bacteria in your system? Make sure to add them to your diet frequently so you can always ensure a good balance!
Say YES to yogurt! Proactively put those good bacterias back into your body. One of the best ways to do that is through your diet. For breakfast or even as a snack, choose yogurt to ensure that you're getting your daily doses of calcium and Vitamin D, as well as replacing any good bacteria that you may have lost!
See a Doctor Regularly
There is no easier way to prevent an infection or avoid an issue than by seeing your doctor regularly. By doing this, you're promoting your health and keeping yourself safe!
What Happens if your pH Balance is Off?
Stop everything, and see your doctor. By consulting with a medical professional, you'll be able to better understand why your pH balance level might be fluctuating and what you can do about it.
Often, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to make sure that you are getting rid of any harmful bacteria that might be present. However, while this can be the cause of your shifting levels, it can also help repair those levels if an infection is present.
Our Final Thoughts
So, hunties, let’s break down what we’ve talked about, shall we?
First, is testing and learning how to balance your vaginal pH beneficial to your health? The answer is… absolutely! We find that it's one of the most necessary steps in preventing any infections or sickness. So, it’s a must do for all of us!
So, say “YES” to vaginal pH testing, and keep your Vibe healthy and happy. After all, always remember, health and safety come first, hunties!