CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Many women never have the benefit of a frank, open discussion about
feminine health and the importance of maintaining a healthy pH balance
“down there.” Many women don't realize the vagina is a delicate
ecosystem that requires a balanced environment to remain healthy.
events like menstruation, sex. Hormonal changes can throw off that
balance. The result can be embarrassing odor and discomfort.
According to Lauren
Streicher, MD, assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and
gynecology at Northwestern University, healthy pH and beneficial
lactobacillus are the keys to feminine health and can help reduce risk
Your Vagina’s in a Phunk, “pH refers to the vagina’s acidity
level. A vaginal pH of 3.5 –. 4.5 indicates that there is a perfect
amount of good bacteria (lactobacilli) and no overgrowth of the bad
bacteria that can cause odor and irritation.”
Yet women experience many of the triggers for elevated pH on a regular
1. Period – The pH of blood is 7.4, which is much more alkaline than
normal vaginal pH (3.5 –. 4.5). This can lead to elevated pH, especially
during a heavy or lengthy period.
2. Sex – Intercourse can also change vaginal pH. Semen has a pH of 7.1
to 8 and can elevate pH.
3. Douching – Any vaginal infusion of water or other fluids can affect
vaginal pH, as the pH of water is 7 and douching can disrupt vaginal
flora. Fragrances and perfumes can also irritate the vagina.
4. Medication – Many different kinds of medications, from birth control
pills to antihistamines, can alter hormone levels, dry out the vagina
and affect pH.
5. Hormones – Pregnancy, menopause and your normal monthly cycle can
cause hormone changes that alter vaginal pH.
To eliminate vaginal odor and relieve discomfort, women can deal
directly with the cause, unbalanced vaginal pH. One simple solution that
is often recommended by OB/Gyns is RepHresh
Vaginal Gel. RepHresh
Gel is clinically shown to maintain a healthy vaginal pH and
eliminate odor for up to three full days. Available over-the-counter, RepHresh
Gel is specifically designed to bond to the vagina’s epithelial
cells and provide long-lasting support to maintain healthy pH.
“By learning how to control pH, women can maintain vaginal health and
help avoid any issues that could stem from elevated pH,” said Dr.
Streicher. “By making sure to keep the vaginal environment balanced and
healthy with RepHresh
Gel during these trigger times, women reduce the risk of vaginal
Vaginal Gel is available in the feminine care aisle of most drug and
discount stores. Review clinical studies and learn more about vaginal
health at www.RepHresh.com.
For Lil' Drug Store Products, Inc.
Suzy Ginsburg, 713-721-4774