How To Have pHucking Safe Sex
Not everyone knows about what’s going on down there and it can get particularly confusing when you’re sexually active. Things get mixed, some stuff happens, liquids marinate, and sometimes, that can change how your body works. Adding flavoured lube to the mix (while incredibly fun) can obviously also affect how stuff is going below the belt, so let’s chat about how to use flavoured lube in a safe manner so that you can continue to pretend that it tastes like chocolate and not avocado. Let’s start with building some knowledge first:
What is a pH level?
The pH (potential of hydrogen) scale determines how basic or acidic a water-like solution is. Some common things that have a pH balance include water, your mouth (saliva), bleach, your skin, your stomach (acid), and your vagina and/or penis. The scale begins at 1 (being the most acidic), then goes to 7 (being neutral) and ends at 14 (being alkaline/basic). Each solution has its own recommended pH level, like water should have a pH level of 7 and bleach should have a level of 13. (Unlike past presidents, Lube-d does not recommend consuming bleach.) View the table for some other examples of common substance pH levels.
The Vagina & Its pH Level (& How Men Always Ruin Everything)
The vagina (note: vagina refers to the inner canal of the female sex organ, while the vulva is the outer part of the sex organ) has its very own pH level. So what is the pH level of a vagina? Well, it ranges from 3.8 to 4.5 on average, which is acidic. Maintaining this level would mean that the vagina is healthy and can fight off bacterias from festering within. The vagina uses discharge to naturally clean and maintain a healthy pH level. But, there are instances where the pH level will change and you need to be aware of what changes your naturally occurring pH level. During heterosexual intercourse with a penis entering a vagina (PiV), the pH level of a vagina goes up because of the higher level of pH that sperm has. The pH level of sperm ranges between 7.1 and 8. Some P in V action can raise the vagina’s pH level to a more alkaline level in order to create a fertile-friendly environment and protect the sperm’s passage to the ovary. So, intercourse with a penis is an instant where the vaginal’s pH level changes is a good thing; It promotes fertility! However, it is still a situation where the vagina is now open to potential infections. There’s a few ways to avoid breeding bacteria through intercourse: using a condom and/or peeing before and after sex (if you don’t already pee before and after sex, you’re looking to get an ‘HDMI cord’ - how we jokingly refer to UTIs in public). Another way to keep your pH levels balanced is washing the outside of the vulva (never wash the inside of your vagina) with only water as (scented) soaps can disrupt your pH balance. Soaps have high, alkaline pH levels that can alter the acidic levels the vagina is creating on its own. Diet, clothing, menstruation cycles, antibiotics and pregnancy can also alter your pH balance, so you have to be aware of the signs.
Listed below are some signs of a disrupted vaginal pH level:
- Strong, fish-like smell coming from your vagina
- Grey, green, or foamy vaginal discharge
- Itching around the vagina
- Swelling and irritation around the vagina
- Pain or burning feeling in the vagina during sex
- Burning sensation while urinating
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please visit your healthcare provider.
How Does Lube Fit Into This Conversation?
Well, we’ve just established that there’s quite a few things that can disrupt a vagina’s pH level, but we’re trying to keep it at a healthy 3.8-4.5 range. Lube is generally used during sexy time and is often a bestfriend to some good, slippery P in V action. We recommend using lube for some amazing pleasure. Choosing a lube that has a pH level that is similar to the level of a healthy vagina is your best bet, so around a 4. Most lubes on the market are tested and can assure you that they have a pH level of around 4, so there should not be a problem. But that is only true with water-based, unscented lubes, which are great but not the most adventurous.
Water-Based Flavoured Lube
Finally, let’s chat about flavoured, edible lubes. The flavouring in a lube has the potential to alter the pH balance because it can be more acidic or more basic than the 3.8-4.5 range. In the same way you shouldn’t shove a cucumber or mango up your cooch, it’s not recommended that you put flavoured lube up there every day either. However, occasional use of water-based, edible (flavoured) lube combined with good diet, hygiene and sex practices will not hurt you. If you are interested in spicing up you sex life with some cherry or banana edible, flavoured lube, make sure that you’re choosing one that is made with great ingredients, with a trusted quality control team, is sugar-free and approved by trusted health organizations.
Lube-d is a 100% vegan, water-based lube brand that you can trust. We worked hard to ensure that you can have fun with flavours and not worry about any sneaky ingredients causing your pH balance to change when you’re having fun with your sneaky link. If used in the correct manner (stored in a cool, dry climate and used in conjunction with good health practices), then you can trust Lube-d to help you slide right into a great orgasm. When using lube, make sure that you and your partner are both cleaned and you only use lube that has been properly stored. Check out our different flavour offerings and slide into a good time with Lube-d.