Q & A

We understand that having embarrassing smells, discharge or irritation can be a cause for great concern. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.

The importance of pH balance

I keep hearing about needing to maintain my vagina’s pH balance. What is pH balance?

pH is a scale of acidity or alkalinity. It’s measured on a range from 0 to 14, with a pH lower than 7 considered to be acidic and a pH higher than 7 considered alkaline.

What is the ideal pH balance for my vagina?

A slightly acidic vagina is the perfect environment for the types of good bacteria that help keep your vagina clean and healthy – a pH between 3.8 and 4.5 is ideal. Most harmful bacteria have a hard time surviving in this acidic environment. Keeping those harmful bacteria at bay is not only important for general hygiene and comfort, but also to help avoid infection and diseases.

Why can’t I just use normal soap to wash my vagina?

Soap is a big no-no for your intimate areas. The ingredients in many bath soaps are very alkaline and upset the pH balance, which can cause vaginal irritation. You’ll know when it starts to itch or smell unpleasant.

How do I make sure my vagina’s pH balance is always ideal?

A healthy vagina contains both good and bad bacteria. Usually, the good bacteria outshine the bad, helping to maintain an ideal balance. Unfortunately, things like contraceptives, vaginal medications, stress, sexual intercourse and antibiotics can unsettle the vaginal pH balance and cause the bad bacteria to outgrow the healthy bacteria, increasing the risk of infection. Fortunately, all GynaGuard products are specially formulated by a gynaecologist to restore and maintain an ideal vaginal pH balance.

I’ve always been told my vagina is self-cleaning and water is the only thing that should go ‘down there’. So why should I use a specially formulated product?

Several factors can cause a pH imbalance, which can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria or yeasts that cause vaginal infections. That’s why you want to make sure you use a product, like GynaGuard Essential Intimate Wash, that is specifically made to take care of your vagina and support a healthy, ideal pH balance.

Staying clean, fresh and comfortable all day

When I’m on my period, I don’t always feel that clean and fresh. Do you have any advice as to what I could use to remedy this?

Try using GynaGuard Ultimate Intimate Wash when you bath or shower. It’s gentle, safe and soap-free and fragrance-free, giving you everyday freshness and confidence. And to keep that clean, fresh feeling throughout the day, use GynaGuard Sensitive Individual Intimate Wipes to enhance natural protection and soothe your skin.

Why should I use sanitary wipes?

Sanitary wipes help to keep you cleansed, soothed and refreshed throughout the day. Wipes like GynaGuard Sensitive Wipes, with cranberry extract and Vitamin E, even help support your vagina’s ideal pH balance, and are individually wrapped to protect against contamination. Just pop some in your pocket or bag for on-the-go confidence.

What is a ‘Comfort Gel’ and what would I use it for?

GynaGuard Intimate Comfort Gel helps provide all-day comfort by relieving irritation and discomfort and providing odour control.

What makes GynaGuard Foam Bath different from any other bubble bath?

Ordinary bubble baths can upset the pH balance of your vagina, leading to irritation. If you’re like most women who would love to soak in a bubble bath but just can’t, the good news is GynaGuard Foam Bath is gentle on your lady bits so that you can enjoy a bubble bath whenever you want.

Intimacy issues

I often seem to get discomfort and irritation after making love. It’s starting to make me want to abstain
from all bedroom activities.

Did you know that a man’s sperm has a higher pH level than a woman’s intimate areas? That’s why GynaGuard Lubricating Moisturising Gel is non-sticky, non-greasy and ideally formulated to balance your vagina’s pH, whilst soothing irritation and combating dryness.

Reference: * Source: IRI South Africa, Value Sales, Feminine Hygiene Intimate Care Category, Defined Retailers (Dis-Chem, Clicks, Spar, Shoprite Group, Pick n Pay Group and Spar Group), 12 months ending May 2020. GynaGuard® Vaginal Capsules. Each vaginal capsule contains Lactobacillus gasseri EB01; Lactobacillus rhamnosus PB01 (Total count: 0,2 x 109 CFU). Health Supplement. This unregistered medicine has not been evaluated by the SAHPRA for its quality, safety or intended use. Consult your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional for advice before using GynaGuard® Vaginal Capsules. Adcock Ingram Limited. Reg, No. 1949/034385/06. Private Bag X69, Bryanston, 2021, South Africa. Tel. +27 11 635 0000. www.adcock.com 202007171046308. Customer Care: 0860 ADCOCK/232625.