Are Intimate Washes A Bath Time Necessity?
The other day while watching BET a Vagisil advert popped on the screen making me snort in disdain. Imagine my shock when I received a full lecture from her on why I shouldn’t snort. According to her, using a “vagina wash” that’s especially pH-balanced is absolutely necessary.
Intimate washes are totally different from douching, which actually messes with the balance of our lady parts, and is not advised. There is a new breed of washes designed to keep the delicate environment of our down-there in check.
The vajay should have a pH (or acidity level) of 3.5-4.5, which means there is enough lactobacilli, as in good vagina bacteria, and no overgrowth of bad bacteria that can cause odor, irritation, or even bacterial vaginosis (which is actually the most common cause of abnormal vaginal discharge).
This balance is apparently disorganized by your period since blood has a pH level of 7.4, and so can having sex, since semen has a pH level of 7-8.
But according to Dr. Herman of Seven Hills Minister’s Village Ntinda, the vagina is generally well balanced and doesn’t need to have any washes or medication to keep that balance. “Vaginal secretions tend to be more acidic and this is a normal part of its physiology.” He says.
He however advises that medicated washes may be needed if you have an infection, but such treatment would be prescribed by a doctor if you noticed something was seriously up down there. The over-the-counter stuff is really not needed to keep things fresh and healthy down below.