Any imbalance in the pH range of vagina causes the change in acidic environment (pH 3.5 to 4.5), which in turn reduces the growth of good bacteria and thus resulting in the attack from bad bacteria. This then increases the risk of getting any form of vaginal infections.
- Vaginal itching
- A change in the amount of discharge from your vagina
- A change in the color of your vaginal discharge
- Pain or burning during urination
- Pain during intercourse
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting
The symptoms of vaginal infections will also vary based on the cause of your infection:
- Bacterial infections normally produce greyish-white or yellow discharge. This discharge can have a fish-like odor that is readily detected after sex.
- Infections of yeast normally cause itching. If discharge is present, it can be thick and white and look like cottage cheese.
- Trichomoniasis is a disease that may induce vaginal itching and odor. Discharge from this infection is normally greenish-yellow and can be frothy.
Factors that affect feminine hygiene:
- Common practice of using Soap or Water for Intimate hygiene routine
- Inadequate Intimate hygiene (not maintaining the Vaginal pH balance)
- Use of Synthetic undergarments
- Tight clothes
- Unprotected sexual activity
- Excessive usage of Feminine hygiene washes or fragrant soaps
- Unclean Sanitary Napkins
- Wearing a pad for too long
- Washing the intimate area from back to front
- No Proper washing of your hands