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What can disturb the Natural Balance?

Lifestyle factors that can disturb the natural balance of your intimate area

Most women do not know that normal daily habits can disturb the intimate area's natural balance.

The vagina produces secretions to regulate and cleanse itself. These are normal vaginal discharges which maintain a balanced acidic environment. Any interference with this delicate balance will result in growth of bad bacteria, which increases the risk of getting vaginal infections.

Common causes of disrupting your intimate area natural balance are


Soap - Main cause that disturbs natural Balance of Intimate Area

Common practice of using soap (which is alkaline and hence, not advisable).

  Inadequate intimate hygiene

Inadequate intimate hygiene (not maintaining the optimal vaginal pH balance).

       
Use of Synthetic Undergarments can disturb Natural Balance of Intimate Area

Use of
synthetic undergarments.

  To Wear Tight Clothes like Jeans can cause irritation

Tight clothes (Jeans and some sports clothing).

       
Unprotected Sexual Activity can affect the Vagina's Acidity

Unprotected and Intense sexual activity (semen is alkaline and affects the vagina's acidity).

  Perfumed Soap or Wash can affect the Vagina's Acidity

Feminine hygiene sprays containing excessive fragrance (perfumed soap or wash).

       
scented toilet papers can affect the sensitive intimate area

Dyed and
scented toilet paper


  Birth control pills can affect pH Balance of Vagina

Birth control pills and
condom

       
Antibiotics

Antibiotic treatment

  Stress

Stress or Fatigue

         
Improper diet can affect the PH Balance of Vagina

Improper diet

     


While in most cases inadequate intimate hygiene is the main cause of this imbalance, the different phases and change in the life stages of a woman also cause the vaginal pH to change.



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