Oh, the vagina, that precious part of our bodies that we, as women, never ever talk about. But why? Why are we so scared to talk about a body part that we all share? Especially when we so often have so many questions about it. To many of us, our own vaginas are a mysterious place we don’t know a lot about. Here at Edit Seven we are definitely fans of trying to do our part to make “The Vagina” or more frequent topic of conversation—especially among friends and peers—that’s less taboo to bring up. If this is your first foray into Chatting About Vaginas 101, keep reading for 7 things to know about your vaginal health that you probably don’t know already.
Your Vagina Has an Ecosystem
Last year we had the amazing opportunity to interview Dr. Marla Shapiro all about vaginal health (you can read our interview here) and she shared that every vagina has its own ecosystem. Your vaginal ecosystem needs to be healthy and balanced for everything to work properly which is mainly about balancing your vagina’s pH levels.
Your Vagina has pH levels
Yeah you read that right, your vagina has pH levels that, when thrown off and unbalanced, can result in unfamiliar odours, increased discharge or irritation. Lactobacillus, yeast and other bacteria are all naturally present in your body and optimum vaginal health occurs when there is a healthy balance of these elements. This is your vagina’s “ecosystem” as Dr. Shapiro likes to call it.
There Are Probiotics for Your Vagina
So, what can you do when you think your vagina’s pH levels are off balance? Outside of visiting your OB-GYN, there are probiotics you can take specifically to help support the balance and health of your vagina. For example, the RepHreshTM Pro-BTM Probiotic Feminine Supplement is a daily supplement (that’s available at your local drugstore) that has clinically shown to balance yeast and bacteria to maintain feminine health and can help treat bacterial vaginosis when taken with antibiotics. And don’t worry, there’s no awkward insertion that’s involved with RepHresh Pro-B probiotic because it’s an easy-to-swallow capsule just like regular probiotics for your gut.
Yeast and Bacteria Rule Your Vaginal Health
While the words “yeast” and “bacteria” might instantly alarm you when it comes to your vagina, they’re actually two things that are always present “down there”. It’s when there’s an overgrowth of yeast that you can end up with a yeast infection, or if the wrong bacteria gains control you end up with odour or a bacterial infection. Keeping them in balance is the key to having a happy vagina, and probiotics like RepHresh Pro-B help you maintain your vaginal floral in a normal range (a pH level between 3.5 and 4.5) aka your vagina’s #HappyPlace.
Every Vagina Has Its Own Scent
According to Dr. Shapiro, women are often surprised to learn that we all have our own unique scent, but it’s true! We all get familiar with our unique scent and it’s when there are changes in that scent that can signify that the pH balance of your vagina is off—which may also lead to a change in symptoms such as discharge or itching.
Foods Can Affect the Smell (and Taste) of Your Vagina
As mentioned above, your natural scent can be altered when your vagina’s pH levels are out of whack, but it can also be affected by minor things like certain foods. Things like spices, onion, asparagus, broccoli, sugar, red meat and dairy can alter your normal pH level that might produce a smell that you’re not used to. However, if you’re looking to maintain a more pleasant odour, fresh veggies, fruits, whole grains, lots of water and Greek yogurt are your best choices. Having said that, a RepHresh Pro-B probiotic works to help support and maintain your pH all the time so you don’t have to worry about the minute details of your daily diet.
For more information on RepHresh Pro-B Probiotic visit Rephresh.com or find it at your nearest Shoppers Drug Mart or Walmart locations.
(Story by Editor-in-Chief, Gracie Carroll)
*Please note that this post has been sponsored by RepHresh, all thoughts and opinions are our own.*