Are you experiencing frequent urinary tract infections? Have you ever considered testing your vagina’s pH? A pH scale is used to specify if a substance is acidic or basic. The scale runs from 0-14. A pH less than 7, is more acidic and a pH greater than 7 is more basic.
Normal vaginal pH is 3.8 to 4.5. Thus, your vagina is more acidic. This helps to keep bad bacteria out. A healthy vagina is dominated by lactobacillus, a healthy bacteria. When your vaginal pH becomes more basic, an overgrowth of bad bacteria can occur. Could this be why you are experiencing more frequent urinary tract infections?
There are different things that influence vaginal pH. Some of these things are out of your control because it is a part of the normal life cycle. This includes breastfeeding, menopause, and menstrual blood. There are also things that influence your vagina’s pH
which are in your control such as vaginal lubricants, feminine hygiene soaps, or use of antibiotics.
You can test your vaginal pH at home. Vaginal test strips can be purchased online or over-the-counter.