As the heatwaves in the United Kingdom continue to increase in temperatures, women have been warned against being too creative in devising ways to cool their beneath. Experts have told ladies to resist the temptation of inserting ice lollies into their vaginas for relief.
While it may seem to be effective at that particular moment, the aftermath could give birth to several conditions and infections which can affect the vaginal pH balance, usually by increasing pH levels that would necessitate one to seek medical assistance.
“The vagina is composed of very delicate and sensitive skin, hence things that may seem innocent to other areas of the body, if they come in contact with the vagina, can cause infections, irritations and damage. There are many things that should never go near a vagina and ice lollies are up there. The ice can stick to the delicate skin of the vagina and cause real trauma and damage,” advised Dr Sarah Welsh.
A normal vaginal pH is between 3.8 and 4.5. A pH level within this range can help to keep bacterial and fungal infections at bay with Lactobacilli bacteria live in the vagina, secrete lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide, giving the vagina its acidic pH level.
Women have also been urged not to put foreign substances like garlic, parsley, bath bombs and cucumbers inside their vaginas. Keeping vaginal pH levels in balance can help to reduce infections and prevent complications. In the event of irritation, doctors can also prescribe creams, such as estrogen cream, which may help to reduce the vagina’s pH levels.