Symptoms of unbalanced Vaginal pH

When your vaginal pH levels are off sync – particularly when they rise to 4.5 or higher, being less acidic – your vagina becomes a more appealing habitat for bad bacteria and parasites. Then odour, irritation, and infections in the vaginal area may develop.

Unbalanced vaginal pH causes

  • Unprotected sex: Since sperm is alkaline, it may promote the growth of some bacteria.
  • Antibiotics: These drugs destroy not only the disease-causing bacteria, but also the good bacteria that are necessary for maintaining a stable, acidic vaginal pH.
  • Douching: About 20% of women wash their vagina with a mixture of water and vinegar, baking soda, or iodine on a regular basis. Douching not only improves the pH of the vaginal fluid, but it also facilitates the growth of harmful bacteria in general.
  • Menstrual cycles: Menstrual blood is slightly basic, which causes the pH in the vaginal area to rise.
  • Using Public Toilets, excessive soap / water usage also raises the vaginal pH. 

Symptoms of an unbalanced vaginal pH:

  • A foul or fishy smell
  • Unusual white discharge, grey, or green discharge
  • Vaginal itching
  • Burning when you urinate

 

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