What causes vaginal pH levels to increase?

Shelley C. Giebel, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Vaginal infections are a very common cause for the pH of the vagina to rise.  The most common vaginal infection in my practice (and in all doctor's offices) is Bacterial Vaginosis which causes the normal vaginal pH to rise to above 4.5.  Odor usually occurs with Bacterial Vaginosis.  It will be necessary to receive medical treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis, so see your physician. 

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