Intimate douches are among the most controversial feminine products; therefore, I will shed the light in this article on the basics of feminine hygiene and will answer the most frequently asked questions about using a douche.
The vagina has a PH level between 3.8 to 5. During puberty and youth when the woman is most fertile it can reach 4.5. The vaginal PH level is of paramount importance to the woman’s reproductive and sexual health, hence the importance of avoiding anything that can alter it.
Using a vaginal douche affects the acidity level of the vagina, affecting the growth of good bacteria known as Lactobacillus which helps a huge role in protecting the vagina from harmful bacteria. Intimate douches must be used only according to a medical recommendation, even when your doctor recommends it, you should only use it no more than three times a week and never inside the vagina. Water and soap are enough to clean the private area and maintain feminine hygiene.
There are many folk tales about using a vaginal douche to choose the baby’s gender. Like using an acidic douche if you want to conceive a girl and an alkaline one to conceive a boy. Some women would use vinegar, or a baking soda solution to wash their vagina which causes burns and blistering.
It is noteworthy that during intercourse when sperms enter the vagina the alkaline level increases making the environment fit to conceive. For some women, however, this doesn’t happen naturally, therefore they need to see a fertility specialist to treat this issue.
Ladies, your vagina isn’t supposed to smell like flowers, just maintain your hygiene, and wash with water and natural soaps to stay fresh all the time.