Review: Balancing my Vaginal pH
RepHresh got me through those two weeks that I typically have considerable itching, burning, and general rawness of my skin. I did not need a yeast or B.V. prescription. I simply needed something to balance my pH.
Another issue that I have is that I always feel vaginal dryness. My doctor said that it would go away once I finished breastfeeding my baby, but it has been a year and a half later and I still feel dryness. Vaginal dryness is more common for menopausal or post-menopausal women, but for whatever reason, I unfortunately suffer even though I am still of child-bearing age.
Outside of my cycle when my pH seems normal, I still feel dryness. It is a dryness and not itching or burning like when I get a pH imbalance that sometimes leads to yeast or B.V. infections. In order to see if I could relieve the dryness and to be more comfortable, I decided to try Replens Moisturizer. Replens Moisturizer lasts for 3 days as the active ingredient is Polycarbophil and adheres to the vaginal cells to provide continuous moisture. The box that I have includes 8 vaginal inserts that are filled with the Replens Moisturizer. It is easy to insert and it lasts for 3 days.
8am: I inserted the Replens Moisturizer and felt instant relief. It wasn't cooling or anything like that, but it was comfortable. I suppose that the real question is to see if the relief lasts.
8pm: It is still working!
Day 20 - 29
The relief from the Replens Moisturizer lasted!I applied it on the first day and then waited 3 days to apply it again. It worked well and I am so grateful to feel so good. (Happy Dance!)
Another thing that I did is to use a new lubrication when we had intercourse. I used pre-seed. It comes with applicators to insert and I fou nd it easy to use. I thought that it would be messy, but it was fine. I really like that it is clear about how much to use and that the disposable applicator is labeled with units so that you can have clear measurements and figure out what works best for you. This product is much better than anything else that I've used. It was easy to apply and felt like a natural wetness, unlike KY or similar products that felt sticky and thick. It did not cause any irritation. If you are trying to get pregnant, this is a fertility-friendly product, but it can be used by anyone that wants the extra lubrication even if they are not trying to get pregnant. Personally, this is the only lubricant that I want to use now. It feels more natural than anything else that we've ever used.
I felt like I knew the drill this month, so I used the repHresh as soon as I felt my cyclical discomfort. It worked perfectly! I am in heaven that this works for me. I didn't have to schedule and pay for doctor's appointment this month or buy another prescription at the pharmacy. (Seriously, I was getting tired of being the woman that frequents
the pharmacy for vaginal meds!) Similar to the previous month, balancing my pH did the trick!
Finally, I have been eating non-fat greek yogurt every day for years. I eat so much of it that I buy it in bulk at Costco. I love greek yogurt, but I am tired of eating it in mass quantities in hope of preventing yeast infections. I stopped eating yogurt every day and instead am using the RepHresh Pro-B probiotic. It's just a little pill that I take once a day and it helps to maintain vaginal flora in the normal range. It is really convenient and I'm happy that I no longer have to force myself to each so much yogurt.
In my research of RepHresh Pro-B, I lear ned that it is the only "once-daily capsule" that contains the first strains of probiotic lactobacilli (L. rhamnosus GR-1™ and L. reuteri RC-14™) that specifically promote vaginal health and are clinically shown to balance yeast and bacteria daily. Sometimes people think that lactobacillus supplements (i.e. acidophilus) or yogurt help with feminine issues when they are really meant for digestion and immunity. Only RepHresh Pro-B is clinically tested and designed to maintain feminine health. I didn't realize that there were different strains of lactobacillus for different purposes, so I'm glad that I finally figured this out.
Month8 to now
I still take the Pro-B daily, but I stopped using the RepHresh and the Replens moisturizer last month. I feel great. I think that my body was going through a phase where my pH balance was off, but now I am where I need to be. If I have problems in the future, I'll definitely resume using RepHresh or Replens because they were helpful for my body. After my long suffering, I still avoid things like baths and too much sugar. I only wear cotton panties. Finally, when we have intercourse, we always use pree-seed because it works well and doesn't cause irritation like other brands that I have tried.
The period in my life when I suffered from many yeast infections and B.V. infections was awful, but I am in a happy and healthy place now. At the time, I didn't understand the root cause of my problems. The upside of my negative experience is that I understand my body better and the importance of having a good pH balance. If I have similar problems in the future, I'll know how to find relief quickly.
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Disclosure: I received samples for this review. All opinions are honest and my own. I wanted to share my experience because it took me so much time and suffering before I found products that worked for me. However, I am not a medical professional and you should talk to your doctor about whether you have the same symptoms and problems and whether these products might work for you.