What does the vaginal self-test do?
The vaginal pH self-test measures the acidity of the vagina. An acidic vaginal pH (3.8 to 4.5) is a prerequisite for optimal functioning of the body’s vaginal protective system. A colonisation with germs and the development of vaginal infections can be effectively prevented. The most important and natural protection against discomfort is a healthy vaginal flora.
How does the vaginal ph self-test work?
The contact of vaginal secretions with the pH measuring zone on the applicator causes a color change. Depending on the acidity of the liquid, the measuring zone assumes a different color, which can be assigned to a value on the color scale. This value is your test result.
Why should I do the vaginal self-test?
A variety of factors regulate the composition and dynamics of the vaginal microbial ecosystem and maintain the natural protective function of the vagina. A key factor is the lactobacilli, under whose influence an acidic environment (pH 3.8 to 4.5) is formed. The vast majority of pathogenic bacteria can not thrive under such circumstances.
The pH in the vagina is subject to fluctuations. Possible triggers for this are:
An increase in the vaginal pH:
With the help of regular self-measurement of the vaginal pH, pregnant women can reduce the risk of infection.
What is the vaginal pH?
The term pH is a measure of the acidic or basic (alkaline) effect of a solution.
Normally, the pH varies on a scale of 0 to 14, with the value 7 being neutral (neither acidic nor basic). If the values exceed 7, the solution is alkaline, but if it falls below 7, it is acidic. The pH of the vagina initially corresponds to the secretion, which is continuously produced by the vaginal mucous membranes.
The vaginal pH can change
In the life of a woman, the pH is constantly fluctuating. The pH of a healthy vagina (a menstruating woman) lies in the acidic range (ideally between 3.8 and 4.4 on the scale) due to lactobacilli that produce lactic acid in the vagina. This acidic environment provides a natural barrier against infection and irritation.
As the pH of the vagina changes and becomes more alkaline (less acidic), the natural defense mechanism is weakened and other bacteria and microorganisms can spread accordingly.
What happens when the pH of the vagina increases?
A higher pH value is favorable, for example, for the growth of vaginal fungi (Candida albicans). Other types of vaginal disorders, such as bacterial vaginosis (BV), are also accompanied / favored by a pH imbalance.
Symptoms of problems in the genital area
Symptoms of vaginal discomfort may include abnormal discharge, itching, irritation, pain and an unpleasant odor.
What causes a vaginal imbalance?
There are many causes that may favor a vaginal imbalance. Among other things, certain antibiotics are responsible for destroying (sometimes even) healthy bacteria, as well as tampons that remain in the vagina for too long, mechanical and other contraceptives, and pH fluctuations during the period.
Even daily habits affect the vaginal balance. Not only can dieting and exercise affect the pH, but also seeds and certain soaps (the pH of both is considerably higher than the normal vaginal pH) can increase the pH of the vagina, thus ensuring instability of the vaginal flora.
What can you do?
One of the foundations of vaginal health is keeping the pH in the vagina in balance. With the vaginal pH self-test of Viola you can even measure the pH of your vagina and act as needed.
Vaginal friendly intimate care is important
A vaginal friendly intimate hygiene (such as of the labia, clitoris and vagina) significantly reduces the risk of infection. It must be prevented that bacteria from the anal area reach the vagina. For example, avoid soaps and do not rinse with aggressive substances.
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