Today’s topic, ladies, is vaginal health. Let's be honest we often become all shy and hush-hush when it comes to talking about intimate health and this often causes unwanted confusion around the topic.
We, at Novomins, believe that knowledge is power and we stand by the facts that are proven by science. When you have accurate knowledge, it’s easier for you to make informed decisions that are truly good for your body.
So let us present some scientific facts about vaginal health that will help you understand how our Women’s Bio-Balance Gummies work.
Truth #1: Your vagina is full of microbes.
It does sound gross, but hear us out.
Your intimate area hosts a complex microbial community that contains a variety of microbes. The composition of this vaginal microbiome is unique to every woman and can also be different in any one woman throughout her lifespan.
Although the mere thought of it might make you feel itchy, most of this community is made up of friendly bacteria that help you maintain your intimate health.
Truth #2: Most members of your vaginal microbiome belong to a healthy group of bacteria known as Lactobacillus.
Research says these Lactobacillus species make up more than 90% of a healthy vaginal microbiome.
These bacteria keep disease-causing microbes at bay through various methods. They compete for food and space, produce compounds that are toxic to bad microbes, and prepare the immune system to fend off these harmful germs. They also reduce the pH of the vaginal area, making the environment unfriendly for the bad microbes. Low pH also helps Lactobacilli thrive, and thus benefits the healthy microbial composition.
Truth #3: Disturbances to this normal vaginal microbiome can make an overgrowth of unwanted bacteria and yeasts.
Various factors can reduce the number of Lactobacilli in the vaginal microbiome, giving a chance for the bad bacteria and yeasts to grow in high numbers. This can result in diseases like bacterial vaginosis and Candida infections (commonly known as thrush).
These conditions can surely make you feel uncomfortable but they can be much more serious than that. Research has found that bacterial vaginosis can put you at a higher risk of getting an STD and can also increase your risk of preterm labor if you’re pregnant.
Truth #4: Microbial makeup of the vagina can be easily disrupted.
In fact, a number of day-to-day activities and occurrences such as antibiotic usage, spermicidal usage, vaginal intercourse, and menstruation can tip this balance toward an unhealthy microbiome. Hormonal changes that happen during pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause can also change the makeup of the intimate microflora.
Most of these imbalances reveal no symptoms at first, so these conditions can go unnoticed until they get worse. One study found that 78% of the women tested had a disrupted vaginal microbiome although most of them showed no signs of disease.
Lie #1: Vaginal health can only be maintained with special cleaning products.
Well, this is one popular belief but the truth can’t be farther from this! You DON’T (Yes, we used ALL CAPS because that’s how much we want you to remember it!) need any “special” feminine washes to clean your intimate area.
In fact, studies suggest they do more harm than good! These products can disturb the growth of the friendly Lactobacillus bacteria we talked about above. As we already explained, Lactobacilli help keeping your vagina disease-free, and low numbers of them mean there’s a high chance of pathogenic growth
Truth #5: The vagina can totally maintain its health with the natural secretions produced by friendly bacteria.
Your healthy vaginal flora is more than capable of keeping your feminine parts healthy. Studies have proven that Lactobacilli can effectively curb bacterial vaginosis and control the growth of Candida albicans, the yeast that causes vaginal thrush.
Your natural vaginal secretions contain compounds produced by healthy bacteria and they help keep bad microbes at bay. Excessively scrubbing them off will strip down these natural defence mechanisms, thus giving a chance for unfriendly bacteria and yeasts.
This definitely does not mean that you shouldn’t regularly wash the area. Washing down there with mild soap and water is totally fine and is a part of a good personal hygiene routine, but you don’t need specialized products to do that.
Remember, it's all about maintaining a healthy vaginal flora and the rest is a pure science. Novomins Women's Bio-Balance Gummies are infused with 550 million of friendly bacteria that will help you to support your intimate health.