Literally, our menstrual blood has a 7.4 pH. This is why after your period, you might notice some not-so-kosher symptoms. These can include:
- White discharge
- Itching downtown
- An unusual smell e.g. (hate to say it) fishy odour
Don’t worry this is a safe space. We’ve all been there. We say hallelujah and get out our white pants ready to celebrate our crime scene days behind us (at least for this month). And BAM, we realise something is off.
Well pH is everything.
The normal vagina has a pH of 3.5 to 4.5. There are a couple of things that can throw it off.
- Semen. Yes you read that right. When you are about to have sex, your body prepares by making your vagina a pleasant place for semen. Semen has a pH of 7.1 to 8 which is well, basic. After sex, this can lead to a high pH in the vagina leading to bacterial growth. Another reason to pee immediately after sex.
- Hormones: pregnancy, menopause and birth control can all affect your pH. This makes downtown more susceptible to urinary tract infections.
“A UTI, in case you don’t know, is not a college online. It is a urinary-tract infection. I just got my first UTI at 33 and nobody tells you how embarrassing it’s going to be. Like, ‘How’d you get it?’ You know how I got it! I had sex and then I was too lazy to pee right after.
Here are a couple ways to get your pH back to normal.
2. FemFresh Wipes
CRANEL is packed with 3,000 cranberries, vegan with zero added sugar. Plus the product is delivered directly to your door in cute packaging. According to Stanford Children’s Hospital,
“cranberries reduce the amount of calcium in your urine and decreases the pH of the urine and therefore vagina.”
Our second favorite is feminine wipes that can help rebalance pH. One of our favorites is FEMFRESH. Using femfresh intimate wipes can help to maintain
a healthy pH-balance, whilst giving you that longer lasting feeling of freshness. The gentle formula, with allantoin and witch hazel, is perfect for a quick refresh when you don’t have access to water.