pH is the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a water-based solution. This scale ranges from 0 to 14, growing from most acidic at 0, to neutral at 7, and most alkaline at 14.
The body’s pH levels create appropriate ecosystems for the organs to function and also create defence mechanisms against diseases. The pH level permits the right microorganisms to function and acts as a protective wall against the harmful ones. Which is to say, to survive in your body, a foreign microorganism will have to be suitable for the pH level surrounding it. Your lungs, for example, have a pH level of around 7.4, which is slightly alkaline. The stomach has a highly acidic pH level of around 1.5 to 3.5.
Your intimate area, however, has an acidic pH level that ranges from 3.8 to 4.5. This acidic pH level is what makes the vagina a self-cleaning oven. It keeps the bad bacteria away and creates an ideal environment for the good bacteria to thrive, helping it to protect itself from harmful microbes and infections. Who knew the vagina could be this badass?
But like all of the badass and strong women, the vagina also needs good care so it can function at its prime. The pH level of blood is slightly basic, so during menstruation, it becomes increasingly important to take proper care of your vaginal hygiene so as to not disturb the ecosystem of the vagina. The pH of blood can also be disturbed by the presence of UTIs. So, UTIs can have an effect more serious than we expect.
It is therefore important to maintain your vaginal pH levels. During menstruation, it is considered best to change your pads or tampons every 4-5 hours. For daily use, it is a good idea to use a mild and unscented intimate cleanser to cleanse the unwanted sweat and dirt, and maintain the ideal pH levels of the vagina and vulva so they can sustain their self-cleaning mechanisms. Keeping the vagina healthy and happy is your job. Make sure you get your pH levels right!