- Menstruation: Blood has a pH of 7.4, so during your period, vaginal pH becomes elevated.
- Tampons: Since they retain the fluids that cause pH to increase, tampons can contribute to the problem.
- Intercourse: The pH of semen is 7.1 to 8.
- Douching and cleansers: Any vaginal infusion of water or other fluids can affect vaginal pH. The pH of water is 7, and fragrances and perfumes can also irritate the vagina.
- Menopause or pregnancy: These are times where hormones fluctuate, which is associated with elevated pH.
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