What does it mean when your OBGYN says during you period, your ph increases?


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OBGYN is an abbreviation for obstetrics and gynecology and both are surgical-medical specialties which help deal with the female reproductive organs, regardless of pregnancy.

• Why your pH increases

Namely, it's just because the presence of blood in the vagina increases the pH to an abnormal level. The supposed healthy level of pH lies from 3.5 to 4.5. The reason why pH is important in the vagina is because it's normal acidic level prevents infection from spreading within the reproductive organ, so the vagina is well protected from foreign, invading pathogens or viruses. With an increase in pH, the acidity becomes weaker as the level nears the seven mark, which is otherwise known as neutral, and it's around this mark that 'water' lies (water's pH is usually 7.5 so slightly alkaline) and given that water isn't that reactive it's best to try and avoid this increase and stay in the lower band of acidity.

It's a group of normally-occurring bacteria that act in a symbiotic relationship with women to help maintain a healthy environment. Secretions from the vagina help to destroy potential infection-spreading bodies in a way which is similar to how saliva is secreted in the mouth to help dissolve molecules.

It is normal for pH to elevate or fluctuate randomly from hormonal imbalances, feminine products (medicine which helps deal with period cramps or thrush), the process of menstruation or even something as simple as having unprotected sex. Most of these processes can happen near to a daily basis for most women, so pH will often not be at the body's preferred level but it shouldn't be at a level that would leave you easily prone to infection. Should you become infected regularly, gynecologists will often trace it back to a pH imbalance and so will advise you to ensure that your pH level can be regulated and maintained at its healthiest level.

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