What is a "normal" vaginal pH value?
A healthy vaginal pH level falls between 3.8 and 4.5, which is considered acidic. pH stands for potential hydrogen and runs on a scale from 0 to 14. The pH level of anything indicates how acidic, neutral, or basic it is. A low pH value of less than 7 is acidic. A neutral pH is 7, and a high pH greater than 7 is basic or alkaline.
Why should I test my vaginal pH?
It is important to know your vaginal pH levels to ensure they fall in the normal range. Checkable's at-home vaginal pH test helps evaluate if your vaginal symptoms (i.e., itching, burning, unpleasant odor, or unusual discharge) are likely caused by an infection that needs medical treatment.
What should I do if my vaginal pH is out of the "normal" range?
Vaginal pH levels do fluctuate, but if your pH is elevated (above 4.5), it could indicate an infection. High vaginal pH levels can be caused by yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, or more severe infections like STDs.
Does a positive test mean you have a vaginal infection?
An elevated vaginal pH indicates that there might be an infection, but there is a possibility that it is caused by other factors such as your period, feminine products, and even stress. If your vaginal pH levels are higher than 4.5, you should see your doctor for further testing and treatment. Depending on your symptoms, it can indicate an infection, but not always. If your pH falls in the normal range, but you have other symptoms like itching, burning, or odor, you may have an infection, and you should contact your doctor or sync the test with the Checkable app to connect to a healthcare provider for further treatment.
What causes a vaginal pH imbalance?
You will be surprised to learn how many everyday things can disrupt the vagina's ecosystem. An elevated vaginal pH can be caused by the following:
- Your Period
- Feminine Products
- Scented Soaps
- Hormonal Fluctuations
How can I help balance my vaginal pH?
Your vaginal pH levels will fluctuate naturally. We encourage women to test their vaginal pH regularly to ensure they are in the "right" range to stay infection-free. Checkable's at-home vaginal pH test strips can tell you in minutes if your levels are off. Follow these simple tips to help keep your vagina on track:
- Take probiotics
- Use condoms
- Get out of wet bathing suits
- Wear cotton underwear
- Feminine hygiene products
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Drink lots of water
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