by Corrie Bradley
Today we’re here with a quick, basic refresher on the pH scale (pun intended). The pH scale starts out at zero with the world’s most acidic substances. Battery acid, for example, has a pH of 0. On the other end of the scale are alkaline (or basic) materials. Draino tops the chart at 14.
Your vagina likes a slightly acidic pH between 3.8 and 4.5. Just like your gut, your vagina contains oodles of beneficial bacteria and flora that keep it healthy and protect you from pathogens, but these essential bacteria can only thrive in a properly pH'd environment. If your muffin gets too acidic or too alkaline, your good bacteria suffer—and so do you.
Improper vaginal pH can lead to yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, and the inability to fight off some STIs. Ouch.
Few things wreak havoc on your vaginal pH like douching, vaginal washes, and sprays. We have come a long way from the days of old when the vagina was treated as if it were inherently dirty. Our vaginas are incredible organs (obviously) that are lined with highly sensitive tissues (clearly), and deserve to be treated that way. We now have a better understanding of the vagina’s ability to cleanse itself and know it isn’t meant to smell like lilacs. Your vagina knows how to take care of that “not so fresh feeling” all by itself, if you give it a chance.
Consuming too much sugar or alcohol can also skew your pH (even though it’s pretty fun). Another fun thing that can be hard on vaginal pH is having sex in hot tubs or even just spending too much time in hot water (no pun intended).
Lastly, be sure your lube is pH balanced for the vagina. We've pH'd all of our products right at 4 to be safe.
That's it. Our quickie on pH is complete.
PS. Ok. One more thing. Did you know hydrangeas grown in soil with similar acidity to the vagina will bloom blue or purple?