DID YOU KNOW…

 

That a Healthy, Happy Vagina is a pH balanced vagina? Measured on a pH scale that runs from 0-14+[7a], a healthy & happy vagina maintains an ideal slightly acidic pH balance of 3.8-4.5.[7b]

This Ideal pH Balance keeps good bacteria optimal & bad bacteria (that could cause infection, discomfort) to a minimum.[12a]

Your pH Balance is affected by:[3a]

Using GynaGuard’s range of Feminine Hygiene Products will ensure you empower yourself and have true vaginal health Confidence.

VAGINAL INFECTIONS

Understanding that vaginal infections are totally normal, in most cases are not transmitted sexually[8a] and can be treated relatively easily is reassuring (to say the least!).

The Most Common Vaginal Infections:

Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial infection caused by an overgrowth of bacteria such as Gardnerella vaginalis. The common cause of vaginitis.[3d]

Candidiasis (Thrush)

Caused by a fungus called Candida albicans in 90% of cases. The second most common cause of vaginitis. [3e]

Trichomonas Vaginalis[3c]

Vaginal infection caused by the protozoa Trichomonas vaginalis. The third most common cause of vaginitis. [3f]

Causes of vaginal infections include[3a 3b]:

  • Altered vaginal pH
  • Poor hygiene
  • Non absorbent undergarments / sports clothing
  • Irritants (bubble bath, spermicides, laundry detergents)

Infections are usually associated with [3g]:

  • Some form of discharge
  • Itching and redness
  • Burning pain
  • Odour

MENOPAUSE

Menopause happens when the ovaries stop producing oestrogen and progesterone. This leads to cessation of menstrual periods and the onset of other symptoms, such as hot flushes, breast tenderness, moodiness, headaches, depression, irritability, anxiety and disturbed sleep. A lack of oestrogen causes the vaginal wall to become thinner, drier and less elastic (known as vaginal atrophy). These changes can make sexual intercourse painful.

VAGINAL DRYNESS

Vaginal dryness may be a problem for women of any age, though it is more common in older women, especially after menopause. In a survey, 50% of South African post-menopausal women complained of vaginal dryness. Vaginal dryness can be very uncomfortable and accompanied by itching, burning, and painful intercourse. This may affect sexual relationships and lead to negative feelings and low self-esteem. Despite this, 40% of women are not treated.

Vaginal dryness can also occur following childbirth and breastfeeding, after chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer, or after surgical removal of the ovaries. Other causes of vaginal dryness include certain allergy and cold medications, certain anti-depressants, douching and lack of adequate foreplay before sexual intercourse.

Despite this, 40% of
women were untreated13

Treatment includes oestrogen gels, creams or tablets.

The following GynaGuard products are also helpful, e.g.:

• GynaGuard Daily Control Intimate Comfort Gel
• GynaGuard Vaginal Capsules
• GynaGuard Lubricating Moisturising Gel