Life has a way of throwing things out of whack from time to time, including your vaginal pH. And while sexual health is still an emerging conversation in the wellness landscape, at Rae, we believe vaginal health is an essential part of overall well-being. That’s why we partnered with board certified obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Heather Irobunda to share suggestions for supporting vaginal and urinary tract health.
Vaginal and urinary tract health can be impacted by a number of things, including stress. The good news is there are several ways to proactively support these areas, including drinking more water on a regular basis than you think necessary. Many doctors suggest drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water each day, and even more than that if you’re moderately active. Water intake helps with a number of health factors, but also flushes your system, helping to prevent infection, according to Dr. Heather.
She also suggests urinating shortly after sex, avoiding perfumes or oils in the genital area and wearing cotton underwear or loose-fitting clothing to keep the area around the urethra dry. At times, trying to clean your vagina with soaps or douches can alter the pH balance and lead to irritation. Additionally, it’s important to take note when things feel off—whether it be a scent or color or otherwise—and discuss changes with your wellness professional if you have questions.
For additional proactive support, you may consider adding a daily supplement into your routine, Dr. Heather says. “Clinical trials have found that taking cranberry supplements regularly helps reduce your risk of UTIs, as they contain chemical compounds that prevent bacteria from building up on the digestive and urinary tracts.” Consider adding our Vaginal Balance supplement—this cranberry-powered probiotic blend is designed to keep you well, balanced and focused on whatever life throws your way.
Editor’s note: While we provide resources to support your well-being, that doesn’t overshadow the importance of connecting with a healthcare provider to fully support your sexual health and unique wellness journey.