How can I maintain a healthy vaginal pH level?

PH refers to the vagina’s acidity level. A vaginal pH of 3.5 to 4.5 indicates that there is a perfect amount of good bacteria (lactobacilli), and no overgrowth of the bad bacteria that can cause odor, irritation and sometimes infection.

How can you keep things in balance? I am not going to suggest that you stop having sex or using tampons! I consider tampons to be one of the top 10 inventions of the 20th century, right up there with sliced bread. Luckily, for those that agree, there are products that can restore and/or maintain normal pH.

  • RePhresh is an over-the-counter vaginal gel that will restore normal pH. In Europe, it is actually approved to treat BV.
  • Pro-B is a daily oral probiotic lactobacillus that has been clinically shown to help maintain the normal amount of vaginal lactobacilli.
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Sex Rx: Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever

For millions of women in America, sex isn’t always pleasurable or even possible. Instead, sex has become a low priority as they navigate marriage, motherhood, and work . . . not to mention cope with chronic stress and lack of sleep. Throw in the natural fluctuations in hormone levels that all women experience throughout their lives and it’s not surprising that sex can become, well, a little less sexy. Additionally, common gynecological problems can make sex uncomfortable, and medical issues can cause it to be downright painful.Dr. Lauren Streicher, a leading women’s sexual health expert, offers women the courage, vocabulary, and knowledge to identify and solve problems in the bedroom, for a wide range of issues—from flagging libido, vaginal dryness, and sex after menopause, to hormone supplements and the effects of medication, Sex Rx offers a wealth of knowledge, along with a good dose of humor and plenty of encouragement, so that every woman, no matter what personal challenges she has, can make having great sex a part of their lives forever.Sex Rx was originally published in hardcover as Love Sex Again.

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