Today is National Vagina Day so consider this my vagina appreciation post!
The vagina is amazing.
Think about it! It's self-cleaning, it can birth a baby, and serves as a pathway during the menstrual cycle. It also has its own unique environment made of many different bacteria and yeast that live in harmony to fight off infection. It can be a little tricky to keep the vagina in balance because it's the first line of defense against infection. The vagina is fighting a constant battle because the balance can be disrupted by the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, aging, stress, medications, sex, and hygiene products that we use.
Do you ever wonder how you can keep the immunity of your vagina thriving? The one thing you can do to improve the immunity of the vagina is to take a probiotic. Certain probiotics have a bacteria called lactobacilli that are the dominant bacteria in the vagina. They produce lactic acid that helps maintain a healthy vaginal pH and stops the overgrowth of bacteria and yeast which then prevents them from adhering to the vagina. The vagina responds to infections by creating an inflammatory reaction so without that healthy vaginal pH, your vagina is responding to the overgrowth of yeast and bad bacteria. In addition to probiotics, vitamins and supplements such as vitamin C, garlic and turmeric help to reduce inflammation in the body (including the vagina) and can enhance the immune response to infection.
Want to give your vagina the TLC it deserves? Start by taking a probiotic and incorporating supplements and other vitamins to enhance your immune response..your vagina and body will thank you!
Dr. Jodie Horton