There are certain things in life which require balance. Chemistry compounds, gymnastics and your vagina.
Forget a work/life balance, your vagina is made up of an ecosystem of about 100-million good bacteria and vaginal cells that all work together to keep your hoo-ha properly balanced.
We’ve all been there and experienced the unpleasant feeling that perhaps something isn’t quite right in downstairs department. Whether it’s a bout of thrush, an unexpected UTI or an irritating itch or patch of dampness, it’s safe to say that it’s called by the other ‘B’ word - a bitch.
But when your vagina is functioning as it should, the ecosystem consists of good bacteria which produce lactic acid that keeps the vagina’s pH levels routinely less than 4.5. Our vaginal cells work to give the bacteria the nutrients required to work against any nasties they disagree with. The cells are naturally turned into saliva (AKA discharge) and then are reproduced fresh – amazing right!
So why do our vaginas sometimes smell a little funky, look a bit off or feel slightly unusual? Something in the ecosystem has been interrupted from doing its thing and the balance of these factors are thrown out of whack. Commonly these imbalances are caused from:
- Consuming antibiotics
Although antibiotics are meant to get rid of any bad bacteria that may be causing harm in your greater body, they also eradicate the good bacteria - of which your vag has many. It’s important to take a probiotic when you’re on a course of antibiotics to help reduce the threat of a thrush outbreak.
- Women interfering with the vaginal self-clean cycle
This is a big fat NONO. Your vagina can fend for itself. Never use soaps - even unscented hypoallergenic ones - body washes or any form of washing liquid. If you get all up in its space, it can cause a real catastrophe!
- Nice smelling stuff
Although it makes your clothes smell fantastic, perfumed laundry detergent can wreak havoc in your vagina, along with spray perfume or other scented fabric softeners. Your vagina should naturally eliminates odours so if you’re noticing a reoccurring, different smell, it could be worth a trip to your gyno or doctor.
We’ve gone into this in-depth in a previous blog (here) but excessive moisture from sweat, bathers, semen, period blood or even tight undies can promote a bacterial imbalance in your vagina.
This is where Vee comes in. Our line of eco underwear is naturally antibacterial and breathable. Any moisture or bad bacteria that tries to get into your body through the vaginal passage will be stopped in its tracks! Vee is a simple solution for an age old problem. We make bamboo underwear designs that are comfortable (not too tight) and are a good balance between practical and pretty.
Keep that hoo-ha happy ladies,