What Is A Normal Vaginal pH Level?
A normal vaginal pH level is between 3.8 and 4.5, which is moderately acidic. However, what constitutes a “normal” pH level can vary slightly based on your stage of life.
For example, during your reproductive years (ages 15 to 49), your vaginal pH should be below or equal to 4.5. But before menstruation and after menopause, a healthy pH tends to be higher than 4.5.
So why does vaginal pH matter?
An acidic vaginal environment is protective. It creates a barrier that prevents unhealthy bacteria and yeast from multiplying too quickly and causing infection.
A high vaginal pH level — above 4.5 — provides the perfect environment for unhealthy bacteria to grow. Having a high vaginal pH puts you at risk for bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, strong vaginal odor, and irritations.
How to correct an unbalanced vaginal pH?
Use soaps and body products without dyes or perfumes, practice safe sex, douching should be avoided, keep the vaginal area clean and dry. Hormonal imbalance can also play a factor, please see a doctor if that is the case.