Vaginal Hygiene: 5 Interesting Facts about Vaginal Odor and Infections

Most women experience at least once in their lifetime a vaginal infection. Vaginal infections as well as vaginal odor are two very common conditions which are closely related to the pH balance of the genital area.

Here are some facts about your vaginal hygiene and health:

  • Vaginal odor is not usually caused by poor hygiene: Having a strong or unpleasant vaginal odor doesn’t mean that you are not clean. In most of the cases, unbalance pH is responsible for the development of vaginal odor. A healthy vagina has a pH of 3.5 to 4.5. When pH is off balance your body allows bacteria to multiply, which can cause odor and infections.
  • Vaginal Infections are a common condition: 75% of all women will experience a yeast infection at some point during their lives, and 50% experience two or more yeast infections during their life.
  • Bacterial Vaginosis is more common than yeast infections: According to studies, more than 60% of women who believe they have a yeast infection actually have BV and yeast infections have similar symptoms and they can both be caused by an upset in the vagina’s pH balance. The best way to differentiate between BV and yeast infection is by the type of vaginal discharge they produce. In ayeast infection, the discharge is usually thick, white and odorless, whereas in BV it is a grayish white vaginal discharge, usually accompanied by an unpleasant “fishy” odor.
  • The pH balance of your vagina can be easily disturbed: There are several things that can upset the pH levels. Such are: having your period, sexual intercourse, hormonal fluctuations, use of birth control pills, feminine deodorants, pregnancy, stress, soaps or other care products.

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