Understanding pH and lactic acid

Keep your pH in balance

The vagina has a natural protective layer that acts as a defense mechanism against pathogens and infection. This protective layer is acidic in nature, which means that the vaginal pH fluctuates between 3.8 to 4.5.

This natural acidity is important, because bacteria that cause diseases don’t grow well and can’t reproduce easily in an acidic environment. That’s why a low pH is essential to creating good balance between good and bad bacteria. Lactobacilli are some of the main bacteria responsible for maintaining a healthy vaginal flora. Their production of lactic acid contributes to the acidity of the vaginal environment.

Importance of Lactic acid

Lactobacilli break down glycogen contained in the vaginal mucus. Lactic acid is then produced, and an acidic environment is formed. This acidic environment promotes the growth of more lactobacilli, inhibiting the presence of harmful bacteria and preventing infection. Your vagina takes care of itself as its walls continually produce secretions to provide lubrication, self-cleanse, and maintain the proper acidity to prevent infection.

Lactic acid is vital in protecting your intimate zone. By keeping the pH in the vagina low, it maintains the vagina’s acidic protective layer. That’s why you find lactic acid and other natural ingredients in all Lactacyd products. Conditions in the human vagina vary during different life stages (menstrual cycle, pregnancy, menopause) and other daily activities. As conditions change, the natural balance of the bacteria also changes, which can lead to discomfort, irritation, and even infection.