A healthy vagina produces healthy cervical mucus. Healthy bacteria in the vagina can enhance fertility, while an acidic or unhealthy vagina can be a barrier to fertility. Some medications, illnesses, excessive douching, severe emotional stress, or clothing that holds in body heat and moisture, can upset the balance of a healthy vagina. You want to help make your vagina a welcoming environment.
Here are some ways to promote a healthy vagina:
• Eat yogurt, which has lactobacillus acidophilus, or “good bacteria.” Avoid sugary yogurt.
* Wear cotton underwear for good air flow. This prevents the development of damp conditions that promote yeast and unhealthy bacteria. Underwear made from synthetic fabrics, silk, lace and other materials doesn’t breath as freely.
• Do not use douches or feminine sprays. They wash out healthy bacteria that helps your vagina stay clean and infection-free. Avoid scented creams, scented pads, scented tampons and wipes.
• Check to see if you have bacterial vaginosis, which is an overgrowth of bacteria inside your vagina and should be treated.
• Check to see if you have any vaginal abnormalities that can impact fertility, such as fusion of the labia or imperforate hymen.
• It is important not to ignore yeast infections and vaginal infections, such as vulvovaginitis, at this time.
• Sexually transmitted diseases, such as Chlamydia and gonorrohea, need to be treated.
• When you wash your vagina, use hot water rather than strong soaps. If you choose to use soaps, make sure you thoroughly rinse with warm water so no trace of soap is left behind. Using harsh soaps can lead to infection, and irritation.
• Eat garlic. It has properties that kill yeast.
• Do not use lubricants of any kind.
• Aim to make your vagina less acidic and more sperm friendly. Ideally, keep your pH range at 6.5 to 7.5. If your body is acidic, your cervical mucus will also be acidic, creating a hostile environment for sperm.
• Avoid vegetable oil.
• Avoid saliva.
• Avoid glycerin.
• Minimize your intake of sugar, alcohol and white flour products.
• The gut flora, or bacteria in your gut, colonize your vagina. Eat sufficient probiotics or yogurt with bifidus and acidophilus cultures to maintain healthy levels.
• L-Arginine increase production of mucus during ovulation.
• Calcium makes the pH of the cervical mucus less acidic and more sperm friendly.
• Grapeseed extract protects the sperm and makes the cervical mucus sperm friendly.
• Vitamin C increases the amount of water in your cervical mucus, helping you produce more mucus.
• Avoid foods that make your blood acidic, such as processed foods, red meat and hydrogenated oils.
• Evening Primrose Oil helps increase fertile cervical mucus production.
• Red clover and Siberian ginseng also help support vaginal health.