Understanding femininity at every life stage

At every life stage, the amount of female hormones like estrogen and progesterone in our bodies may vary. This can disrupt vaginal pH balance causing vagina’s acidic protective layer to weaken, making it more susceptible to irritation and infection. Let’s take a closer look at the various stages.

 
Woman’s life stages
Female Hormone (estrogen)
Lactobacilli in Vagina
Vaginal PH
Lactacyd birth female hormone pH balance01
Birth
Present ( comes from the mother )
Present
Acidic
Lactacyd newborn female hormone pH balance02
Newborn (birth to 1 month)
Low
absent
7
Lactacyd childhood female hormone pH balance03
Early Childhood (1-8)
Low
absent
Neutral or Alkaline
Lactacyd puberty female hormone pH balance04
Puberty
Unstable
Increases
4 - 4.5
Lactacyd menstruation female hormone pH balance05
Menstruation
Decreases
Decreases
Increases
Lactacyd reproductive years female hormone pH balance06
Reproductive years (12 years until perimenopause)
Increases
Increases
4 - 4.5
Lactacyd pregnancy female hormone pH balance07
Pregnancy
Increases
Increases
Between 3.8 and 5
Lactacyd menopause female hormone pH balance08
Menopause
Decreases
Decreases
Increases

Sources

  • Dr. L. Brabin. Factors affecting vaginal pH levels among female adolescents attending genitominary medicine clinics. Sexually Transmitted Infections. 2005; 81; 483-487.
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  • Vaginal Discharge by The Mickinley Health Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2008.
  • www.mckinley.uiuc.edu Accessed March 2009.
  • Menopause & Perimenopause by Marcy Holmes 2009. www.womentowomen.com Accessed March 2009.
  • MSN Encyclopedia & Dictionary 2008. www.encarta.msn.com Accessed March 2009.