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Understanding Vaginal Health: Tips to Maintain Balance

May 22, 2024

The vagina is one of the most fascinating parts of the human body. It is self-regulating and plays a critical role in a woman’s overall well-being. This organ thrives on a delicate balance that needs to be maintained. Understanding vaginal health empowers women to make decisions that increase their well-being and sexual health. Let’s take a closer look at the importance of balance for vaginal health.

Why is Vaginal Health So Important?

Scientists often speak of “ecosystems” and “biomes” when talking about the human vagina – this is a key point when thinking about its health. The ecosystem consists of a diverse population of bacteria, primarily lactobacilli, that work together to block the growth of pathogens that lead to infections. The overall pH balance skews slightly acidic for that very reason. Any disruptions to this balance can lead to many women’s health issues. These can include: recurrent yeast infections, unpleasant odors, and bacterial vaginosis.

Practical Advice for Maintaining Vaginal pH Balance and Preventing Infections

LifeMed Institute offers supplements that are formulated to help maintain pH balance in the vaginal ecosystem and promote wellness. Fem-Guard-HFTM, one of these supplements, contains ingredients that have been clinically-studied and scientifically-proven to support vaginal health.

One of the best ways to maintain vaginal pH balance is by consuming probiotics. LifeMed also offers ProbioMedTM Women, a once-daily capsule that promotes healthy digestion and supports vaginal flora.

LifeMed Institute also offers other services designed to support women’s well-being and sexual health, such as hormone balancing, bio-identical hormone therapy, FemiWave, the O-shot, and libido-enhancing medications.

Your Diet Plays an Important Role

If you’re having trouble maintaining an optimal pH balance and experiencing vaginal discomfort, the first thing you should do is take a closer look at your diet. Diet plays a surprisingly large role in influencing the balance of the vaginal ecosystem. Foods that are rich in probiotic bacteria, like yogurt, kimchi, and kefir, contain a lot of the good bacteria that the vagina needs to stay well-regulated. On the other hand, foods that are rich in sugar promote the growth of harmful yeast which will lead to problems.

Other Steps to Take

  •  Breathable Underwear: Don’t neglect the importance of proper ventilation for your vaginal health. Tight-fitting underwear, made from fabrics like nylon, can trap heat and moisture which creates the conditions for the growth of harmful fungal organisms. Opt for cotton underwear, which allows for heat and moisture to escape.
  • Gentle Cleansing: Douching and using harsh soaps disrupts the natural self-cleansing mechanisms of the vaginal ecosystem and strips away the good bacteria necessary for balance. If you need to clean down there, choose a mild, fragrance-free cleanser and clean just the vulva, rinsing with warm water.

Seek professional intervention if you notice unusual discharge, unpleasant odors, or persistent itching and burning.

LifeMed Institute Can Help Promote Great Vaginal Health

LifeMed Institute strives to revolutionize the face of wellness and preventative medicine. Their team of experts are dedicated to helping you stay healthy and happy. They’ve been voted Baltimore’s Best Medispa 3 times since 2020. Check out their locations in Lutherville, Towson, Columbia, Bel Air, and Rehoboth Beach and see how they can help you live a better life. Give them a call today at (410) 575-1200 and follow on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest news!

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