Vaginal health is important but is easy to forget because we don’t often talk about our vaginas. What a lot of women do talk about, and enjoy, is a lovely glass of wine, so I thought it might be beneficial to compare the two in order to remember the importance.

pH determines whether something is an acid or base. The range is 0 to 14, and neutral falls right in the middle at 7. Anything below is acid and above is a base. The lower the number, the more acidic the item.  A healthy vagina is acidic and is in the range of 3.5 to 5.5. A glass of wine is also acidic with the pH between 3.0 to 4.0.

pH is important because it keeps the vaginal environment in balance.  When your pH is unbalanced or is higher (more basic/alkaline) then you are more likely to experience vaginal health issues such as vaginal dryness, infections and/or vaginal odour and discomfort. When your vaginal pH becomes unbalanced, microorganisms can flourish causing vaginal odor and discomfort (no fun!). Studies show that vaginal issues often occur when vaginal pH is unbalanced. By maintaining a healthy vaginal pH, you can help reduce your risk of common vaginal health issues.

There are some reasons for an increase in vaginal pH from everything like your period  (blood has a pH of 7.4) to soap (pH >8,) and hormone fluctuations, like pregnancy and or menopause, as well as your diet.  The pH of semen is between 7.1 and 8 and therefore sexual intercourse may give rise to a higher vaginal pH. Tampons absorb blood, and that remains in your vagina, so it keeps the pH higher.

Just because the pH of wine is similar to that of a healthy vagina, it does not mean women should drink excessive amounts. Alcohol and sugar in the diet will upset the delicate balance of a woman’s vagina, so keep alcohol consumption to a minimum. Do eat a healthy diet and remember some foods, like garlic, may lead to vaginal odour. Do not use soaps or douches as these are known to upset the vaginal balance and increase pH. Remember to change your tampons as your risk of infection increases considerably when left in for long periods of time.

Whether it be pregnancy, peri-menopause or menopause, there may be an increase in vaginal dryness which may lead to painful sex and is which associated with an elevated pH. I say, it is just as important to moisturize your vagina as it is your face. Use a personal moisturizer like RepaGyn, an ovule that is inserted into your vagina once daily for 2 – 3 weeks, then every other day as directed by a healthcare professional. RepaGyn contains Tea Tree Oil, which will help to keep you feeling fresh as well.  Ladies, a healthy vagina is a happy vagina and will get you back to the bedroom more often.



Maureen McGrath

Maureen McGrath

Host of the CKNW Sunday Night Health Show on Corus Radio. As a leading women's health expert and Registered Nurse, I understand the importance that sexual, vaginal, bladder and bowel health has on overall health and relationships.


  • Albert Esch says:

    Just want to let you know that for dry vagina I always put some lotion on my penis before the wife and I have sex.
    Always keep some skin supplement or lotion in bedroom for this and the other day I decided to try coconut oil, works great and smells good. Wife said it felt good as well.
    Now have some coconut oil in small container beside bed.

    • Hi Albert, Thanks for your comments. The “lotion” you mention may have ingredients in it that are irritating to thin vaginal sensitive tissues thereby worsening the condition. Depending how often you have sex, the coconut oil may not be an adequate amount in order to keep her vaginal tissues healthy. Vaginal dryness may lead to vaginal atrophy and pelvic organ prolapse neither of which could be helped by coconut oil. Using personal moisturizers routinely will help to prevent a prolapse (when the organs like the bladder or uterus or both fall down) Also using personal moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid will help to repair tissues and vitamin E will increase elasticity. This may result in improved sexual sensation for your wife. Vaginal dryness is a health issues as such, I would recommend that your wife be examined by her health care practitioner. Thanks again! Maureen

  • Rose Zyn says:

    We need to raise more awareness, and public acceptance of this idea as not a lot of women know about it. I am sure that the rose wine company is making a fair share of effort to raise awareness.

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