WHY SHE'S AWESOME

Let's face it, we don't talk or even hear much about vaginas.

Well, that's about to change right here, right now! Only with a frank discussion about that wondrous part of your body can we begin to ensure that she stays as healthy as she can be. So, here we go. Let's talk about your va-jay-jay, lady garden, privates, or whatever you may call her. Truth is, no fancy name can really do her justice.

A LONG OVERDUE OVERVIEW
(OF THE VAGINA)

This may seem obvious, but it's important to understand what (and where) your vagina is. Many people say vagina when they're referring to a woman's external genitalia, but this area is actually the vulva.1

The vulva and the outer and inner labia form the entrance. Along the vulva are the clitoris, the clitoral hood, the opening to the urethra, and the vaginal opening. The vagina, also called "the birth canal," connects the uterus to the outside world.

WHAT IS pH?

A pH scale measures how acidic or alkaline something is (like sour lemons vs bitter, unsweetened, natural cocoa).2,3

From 0 to 7 are the acids, with 0 being the strongest. From 7 to 14 are bases, with 14 being the strongest base.

WHY IS pH IMPORTANT?

Having a slightly acidic vagina is ideal. Most harmful bacteria have a hard time surviving in an acidic environment. Keeping harmful bacteria at bay can help you avoid infections and diseases in the future.3

However, if you have a pH level above 4.5, you may be more prone to vaginal infections like bacterial vaginosis—the most common cause of abnormal vaginal discharge.3,4

TALK TO YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER

Take charge of your treatment plan! Get a helpful guide with questions to ask and ways to prepare for a visit with your healthcare provider.

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SHOW REFERENCES

  • Edmonds M. How vaginas work. www.health.howstuffworks.com/sexual-health/female-reproductive-system/vagina2.htm. Accessed September 25, 2017.
  • Intimina. Why vaginal pH is essential to your intimate health. www.intimina.com/blog/vaginal-ph-importance/. Accessed September 15, 2017.
  • Kumar N, Behera B, Sagiri SS, Pal K, Ray SS, Roy S. Bacterial vaginosis: etiology and modalities of treatment—a brief note. J Pharm Bioallied Sci. 2011;3(4):496-503. doi: 10.4103/0975-7406.90102. Accessed September 18, 2017.
  • Bilardi J, Walker S, McNair R, et al. Women's management of recurrent bacterial vaginosis and experiences of clinical care: a qualitative study. PLoS One. 2016;11(3):e0151794. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0151794. eCollection 2016. Accessed August 23, 2017.