Home Remedies to Regulate the pH of Your Intimate Area

22 January, 2021
In order to balance the pH of your intimate area, it's essential to maintain good intimate hygiene, as well as adequate hydration and a balanced diet.

The pH of your intimate area can vary throughout your life due to various factors and circumstances... Do you know what these could be and what you can do to regulate them at home? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you more about it.

First of all, keep in mind that your intimate area is extremely delicate, so it’s necessary to take care of it by practicing certain life habits, different from those applied to other areas of the body, although not difficult at all.

More about the pH of your intimate area

During the fertile stage, vaginal microbiota is rich in lactobacilli, that is, “good” bacteria that ensure an acidic vaginal pH. This acidity acts as a protective barrier and is what prevents the proliferation of other pathogenic microorganisms, such as certain bacteria and fungi.

A diagram of the pH of your intimate area.
Vaginal odor may be influenced by changes in the bacteria that live in the vagina.

An article published in 2012 on the alterations of the vaginal pH explains the following:

“The higher the amount of Döderlein’s bacillus or lactobacillus, the greater the alteration in the vaginal pH, which can cause increasingly extreme acidification that, if not treated in time, causes lactobacillosis or cytolytic vaginosis, making it difficult to treat.”

Factors that can change the pH of your intimate area

In general, when vaginal flora is balanced, the level of acidity or vaginal pH remains between 3.8 and 4.5, compared to the pH of the rest of the skin which is less acidic at 5.5.

However, there are factors that can upset that balance and increase the risk of infection. Some of them are:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Inadequate intimate hygiene
  • Regular use of antibiotics or other medications
  • Inadequate hydration as well as poor eating habits
  • Use of acrylic or nylon underwear (which are fabrics that don’t facilitate perspiration)
  • Use of intimate deodorants and other products that aren’t suitable for this area

Changes in vaginal pH can also occur due to: PMS, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.

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Vaginitis, an alteration of vaginal pH

Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina that can be caused by an increase in certain bacteria that live in the vagina or by an infection.

Some of the main symptoms that would indicate an alteration of the vaginal flora and pH are:

  • Abnormal flow, more abundant or thick and smelly
  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • Itching
  • Pain

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How to treat and relieve vaginal symptoms

There are several options for treating and relieving the symptoms of vaginal infections, and also for correcting the imbalance in vaginal flora and pH.

Some of them consist of simple habits that can be put into practice and others come as antibiotic drugs (that the doctor will determine in what dose and frequency to use, according to your case).

A woman drinking water by the beach.
Good hydration is essential to stay healthy.

In general, it’s recommended you:

  • Consume enough water daily to stay well hydrated
  • Moderate your coffee consumption
  • Stop consuming foods rich in sugars and fats in excess
  • Always wipe your vagina from front to back after urinating
  • Use cotton underwear, as this material facilitates perspiration
  • Wash your underwear with soft products and then rinse well
  • Always wash your intimate area after exercising
  • Avoid using baby powder in your intimate area, as well as scented soaps, deodorants, and the like
  • Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables, as well as probiotic foods

Home remedies to regulate the pH of your intimate area

According to popular belief, these remedies help balance the pH of your intimate area. Consult your doctor before incorporating them into your lifestyle and always follow their recommendations first.

White tea brings many benefits to a woman’s health

Some people claim that white tea is the “woman’s drink” because it’s rich in antioxidants. It has a very mild taste and a pleasant aroma, so it’s very easy to drink. On the other hand, it can be enjoyed alone or with a fruit and cereal shake, depending on your tastes!

Note: white tea alone won’t balance your vaginal pH, so you should always drink it as a complement to a healthy lifestyle.

Sage infusion

Sage is an herb you can use to regulate the pH of your intimate area.

According to popular belief, this sage leaf infusion isn’t just a moisturizing and comforting drink, but also a drink that can help regulate your vaginal pH. To prepare it, follow these steps.

Ingredients

Preparation and how to use

  1. Firstly, pour the cups of water into a pan and bring them to a boil
  2. Then, add the sage leaves, reduce the heat, and leave for three more minutes on low heat
  3. Leave the pan to sit for 15 minutes, strain the liquid, then, serve
  4. Finally, drink in moderation

Note: Sage infusion is contraindicated in pregnancy, as well as during lactation and in other cases. Inform yourself well about it before starting to drink it.

Yogurt and kefir

The probiotics contained in natural yogurt and kefir help replenish healthy bacteria in the vaginal flora. In this way, they facilitate the elimination of fungi and pathogenic bacteria. Consume them as part of your diet and start enjoying good vaginal health.

Ingredients

  • 1 container of yogurt
  • Optional: seeds, nuts, grated coconut

Preparation and use

  • Firstly, pour the yogurt into a cup and sprinkle some grated coconut over it
  • Then, add nuts or seeds (according to your preferences)
  • Finally, consume regularly as part of your breakfast or snack

Note: skip the sugar in your yogurt.

Things to keep in mind

In order to always maintain a good vaginal pH, you must maintain good life habits. This way, you’ll be preventing various discomforts. In this sense, it’s worth remembering that “the best remedy is prevention”.

Therefore, pay attention to habits that are harmful to your vaginal health. That way, you can correct them. And always consult your doctor for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.