Many women find they are prone to Candidiasis (yeast infections) just before or during their period. A major component of vaginal health is the pH of the environment.
In a healthy woman, vaginal pH is typically 3.5 to 4.5 which is slightly acidic. This acidic environment is caused by lactic acid mainly in the vaginal epithelium (cells). This lactic acid is anaerobically metabolized from glycogen deposited in this epithelium when a women’s estrogen levels are high. During the menstrual cycle, estrogen begins to rise immediately following the end of menses and spikes just days later during ovulation. Lactic acid is also produced by the good lacto-bacillus bacteria in the vagina which thrives on lower pH. [Continue reading]