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If your vaginal pH is above normal, you are probably experiencing some of the following symptoms:

  • Itching
  • Excess discharge, and
  • Painful urination

There are a surprising number of triggers that can upset the vaginal ecosystem:

  • Menstruation: Blood has a pH of 7.4, so during your period, vaginal pH becomes elevated.
  • Tampons: Since they retain the fluids that cause the pH to increase, tampons can contribute to the problem
  • Intercourse: The pH of semen is 7.2 to 8
  • Douching and cleansers: Any vaginal infusion of water or other fluids can affect vaginal pH
  • Normal soap has a pH of 9 or more. The pH of water is 7, and fragrances and perfumes can also irritate the vagina.
  • Menopause and pregnancy: These are times hwere hormones fluctuate, which is associated with elevated pH.
  • Stress, tight clothing, lingerie and lack of sleep.
  • Other risk factors include a new sexual partner or multiple partners, use of antibiotics among others.

Practicing some of these prevention techniques may help or reduce your risk:

 

  • Always wear cotton underwear; avoid nylon and Lycra as much as possible, as they trap air creating a breeding ground for yeast; never wear pantyhose without wearing cotton panties underneath.
  • Always use water-based lubricants when vaginal dryness is an issue, during sexual intercourse.
  • Always wipe from front to back to prevent the yeast which normally inhabits the intestinal tract from being transferred to the vaginal area.
  • Don’t use perfumed bath products or powders in the vaginal area, these can cause irritations which can lead to infection.
  • Don’t use douches! Douches wash away the natural protective mucous of the vagina leaving the vagina more susceptible to yeast and other vaginal infections.
  • Use a pH balanced feminine wash for your genital area on a daily basis.
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Femagene Range

 

Femagene Intimate Hygiene Soap

Active ingredients can assist the body with:*

  • pH balance
  • The countering of infection, irritation, itching and odour
  • Comfort and freshness support

Femagene Intimate Hygiene soap Sensitive

Active ingredients can assist the body with:*

  • pH balance
  • Curb inflammation, allergic reactions and skin damage
  • Skin barrier and anti-inflammatory protection

Femagene Intimate Cleansing Bar

Active ingredients can assist the body with:*

  • Maintaining a balanced pH. The balanced pH can counter irritation, infection and unwelcome odours

Femagene Intimate Soothing Gel

Active ingredients can assist the body with:*

  • The countering of infection, irritation, itching and odour
  • Cleansing and freshness
  • Maintaining a healthy epithelium

 Femagene Intimate Refreshing Wipes

Active ingredients can assist the body with:*

  • Cleansing
  • Freshness
  • pH balance

Femagene Personal Lubricant

Have the following properties:*

  • pH balanced water-based lubricant
  • Long Lasting
  • Easy to clean
  • Hydrating and moisturizing

*Efficacy of support may vary between users.

INTIMATE CARE

“Many factors can disturb the health and comfort of the female genitalia. Menstruation, regular soap, anti-biotics, hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, even tight clothing and sweat can disturb the pH balance and cause discomfort, irritation, bad odour as well as more serious conditions such as candida, bacterial vaginosis and vulvodynia. Taking care of your most intimate area is of the utmost importance and I recommend Femagene to keep you confident.” Sexual Health Physician.

REFERENCES – Further Reading

  1. Bahamondes, M.V., Portugal, P.M., Brolazo E.M., et al. 2011. Use of a lactic acid plus lactoserum intimate liquid soap for external hygiene in the prevention of bacterial vaginosis recurrence after metronidazole oral treatment. Revista da Associacao Medica Brasileria, 57 (4), 415-420.
  2. Maloney, C. And Oliver, M.L. 2001. Effect of local Conjugated Estrogens on Vaginal pH in Elderly Women, Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 2(2), 51-55
  3. Sharma, B., Preston, J. And Greenwood P. 2004. Management of vulvovaginitis and vaginal discharge in prepubertal girls. Reviews in Gynaecological Practice, 4 (2), 111-120
  4. Linhares, I.M., Summers, P.R., Larsen, B., et al. 2011. Contemporary perspectives on vaginal pH and lactobacilli. America Jounral of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 204 (120), 1-5
  5. Hauth, J.C., MacPherson, C., Carey, J.C., et al. 2003. Early pregnancy threshold vaginal pH and Gram stain scores predictive of subsequent preterm birth in asymptomatic women. America Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 188 (3), 831-835
  6. Neerja, J., Aruna, A. And Paramjeet G. 2006. Significance of candida culture in women with vulvovaginal symptoms. Journal of obstetrics and Gynecology, 56 92) 139-141.

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