Vaginal pH & Lactic Acid
The vagina is an organ greatly important to women as it is a source of pleasure, but also a source of potential pain. Although it is an internal organ, the vagina is not sterile, such as the pancreas or the heart, because of its connection with the exterior, and located near the anus, where the number of potentially pathogenic bacteriae is at large. Therefore a vaginal protection system is needed to prevent the proliferation of pathogens in the body. Although this protection system already exists, vaginal discomfort is the most frequent cause for visiting gynecologists.
The vaginal protection system is based on the maintenance of a 3.5 to 4.5 acidic pH where the prevents the uncontrolled growth of other pathogenic bacteriae present in the vagina .Lactic acid production (acidic pH”) is a virtuous circle.
Vaginal wash containing Lactic acid would be very ideal for every women.
This circle is broken due to following reasons:
Use of * broad-spectrum antibiotics, * inadequate douches, * long periods, etc. and the consequences are the following:
- Vaginal alkalization
- Slowing down of Lactobacillus acidophilus metabolism, and
- Decrease in lactic acid production.
A vicious circle is created, where the usually harmless vaginal saprophytic bacteria find an appropriate medium to proliferate and where vaginitis or vaginosis typical profiles are triggered.
Restoring the acidic pH, thus creating a favorable environment for Lactobacillus Acidophilus to recover the virtuous circle that maintains vaginal health..
Vagina and Vaginal Flora
“Lactobacillus acidophilus”, often abbreviated as L. acidophilus are the most appropriate designations.
lactobacilli have generally been considered as guardians of the vaginal ecosystem, the second most bacteria-populated place in the human being after the colon. Indeed their quantity is so high that
10,000 to 100 million lactobacilli can be found per gram of vaginal fluid .
All the microorganisms living in the vagina are known with the generic name of “vaginal microbiota” .
3.1. Lactobacillus acidophilus
acidophilus form a heterogeneous group of diverse bacterial species, which in turn may present various strains. Although more than 20 vaginal lactobacillus species have been identified : only 6 are really important to the vaginal ecosystem: L. crispatus, L. gasseri, L. iners, L. jensenii, L. vaginalis, L. buchneri
The vaginal population is much more heterogeneous than previously thought. Indeed, species of Bacteroides, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Corynebacterium, Peptostreptococcus and Eubacterium and other bacterial species, such as Atopobium vaginae, Megasphera, Leptotrichia and Mycoplasma can be found in the vaginal microbiota of healthy women.
Interestingly, many of these lactic acid-producers bacteria, like lactobacilli, may be even more abundant in some healthy women. This would mean that in order to maintain a healthy vagina what is really important is not the presence of acidophilus bacilli, but rather the existence of lactic acid and an acidic pH.
Twice a day wash with Hijeen V – Vaginal antiseptic is ideal to Women