Have you heard that female body cleansing needs a different kind of body wash other than soaps or body wash in the intimate area, where it needs to balance pH for healthy and hygienic conditions? Why is that? Let us tell you little know-how.
Is that right? There are bacterial floras in my intimate area? What kind of bacteria are they?
Yes, although the female private part is an internal organ, it is connected with the outside. Hence, it is not similar as other organs, such as, heart, pancreas, etc, which cannot sustain bacteria present. As early as 1892, scientist Albert Döderlein pointed out that the normal female vagina there is a bacteria flora, and is composed of a group of Gram-positive bacilli, in a published paper about female vaginal secretion studies.
Over the years, after continued studies from different experts, scientists found that the normal female vaginal flora is composed of a variety of different bacterial strains, including Gram-positive bacilli (such as Lactobacillus), Gram-positive cocci (such as Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus, etc.), Gram-negative bacilli (such as Escherichia coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, etc.) and Candida, Gardnerella. They form a dynamic and complex balanced status.
Gorbach et al. further show that the ratio of anaerobes to aerobic bacteria in the vagina of healthy women in the childbearing age is about 10: 1, which reflects the dynamic colonization of flora. And in this dynamic balance of bacteria, anaerobic Lactobacilli are the main dominant species, which are so-called good bacteria (probiotics). According to the normal female vaginal secretion analysis, lactobacillus flora is about 107-108 CFU/g.
Lactobacillus acidophilus has been considered the dominant species of Lactobacillus in vagina, but variations of Lactobacillus acidophilus has recently discovered and been broken down into many variants. There are six variants more often appearing in the vagina, including L. crispatus , L. gasseri, L. iners, L. jensenii, L. vaginalis, L. buchneri
These strains of beneficial bacteria are like those in yogurt you eat. Without sugar added, such as natural yogurt, you would taste it quite sour. Yes, these strains are in the category of Lactic acid bacteria and active in acidic environment. The pH is quite different from other part of your body, and that is the reason you need a different kind of intimate wash.