Balancing Your pH with RepHresh™ Pro-B #pHBalancingAct #ad + #Giveaway CAN 18/05

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Taking control of your health isn’t always easy but it’s not as difficult as you might think. There are so many experiences in life that women go through (menstruation, intercourse, pregnancy, menopause – just to name a few) and I believe that the more you educate yourself, equip yourself and effectively make appropriate changes in your life the more likely you are to manage and/or maintain your health.

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Having turned 50, I can honestly say that I have experienced my fair share of life’s experiences.  I’ve also experienced many health issues; this is why my health has become extremely important to me.  I am trying to learn more about my health but I also share my knowledge with my daughter, and even her girlfriends, because I want these young ladies to be able to make informed decisions about their health as well.  Yes, here on the blog as well, I want you to learn about your health.  Think of it as a gift.

RepHresh™ Pro-B™ Probiotic helps maintain feminine health and this is why, since I was introduced to it, I have been taking it.  What is it?  RepHresh™ Pro-B™ Probiotic is a gynecologist recommended daily oral probiotic that helps maintain the normal amount of vaginal lactobacilli and prevents odour, irritation and abnormal vaginal discharge.  The capsule is easy to swallow (think of it as a vitamin for your vagina!) and it’s convenient to take because it can be taken orally at any time throughout the day, as opposed to others that need to be taken vaginally.  It’s designed for females 12 years or older.  Best of all, it’s available over the counter.

This feminine supplement is clinically shown to balance yeast and bacteria.  RepHresh™ Pro-B™ was specially formulated by doctors at the Canadian Research and Development Centre for Probiotics associated with one of Canada’s foremost Universities.   The patented probiotic strains in RepHresh™ Pro-B™, L. rhamnosus GR-1™ and L. reuteri RC-14™, help to maintain the flora important to overall vaginal health, balancing yeast and bacteria to maintain feminine health.

Actually, the vaginal yeast counts of healthy women fluctuate significantly, and do so often without you even knowing.  RepHresh™ Pro-B™ contains strains specific to vaginal health.  It is clinically shown to balance yeast and bacteria unlike other probiotic supplements which target digestive health.  The fluctuations in the vaginal pH level can occur for many reasons: hormones, menstruation, intercourse, even going on a flight!  By maintaining the vaginal pH at a healthy, normal level, you can reduce the plethora of vaginal issues that can occur.

FUN EXPERIMENT:

I had the opportunity to do my own little experiment at home.  I was provided with a set of pH strips and two fresh juices so that I could (1) see for myself, and (2) share with you what a healthy vaginal pH range is.

A) I took a strip from the test kit and dipped it into the first juice and let it sit for 30 seconds.  I then took it out and compared it against the colour chart on the pH test kit to determine the pH level.  A healthy vaginal pH level is between 3.5 and 4.5

B) I repeated step A with the second juice.  Do you see a difference?

One of the juices has a pH level that can be comparable with a healthy vaginal pH, while the other juice has one that is comparable to an unhealthy vaginal pH level.

FYI:

~ a vaginal pH greater than 4.5 means there’s a perfect environment for bacteria growth

~ menstrual blood has a pH of 7.4

~ semen (intercourse) has a pH of 7.1 to 8

~ water (feminine washes/cleansers)  … water has a pH of 7 … fragrances/perfumes can irritate the vagina

~ both pregnancy and menopause cause hormones to fluctuate; usually to an elevated pH

I caution you to always discuss any vaginal symptoms and concerns with your doctor.  If you’re concerned about forgetting what you want to discuss with your doctor you may want to write it down, along with any questions, on a piece of paper.  You’ll discover that many gynecologists recommend RepHresh™ products!

Personally, I went through some difficult moments with my health that included my vaginal health.  I went through a lifetime of menstrual concerns (including bacterial infections). Recently, since being forced into menopause, my hormones have gone completely whacked!  This is the moment when women (like me) are experiencing an elevated pH.  I’m now feeling much better but I can honestly say that in retrospect, I probably could have had easier moments throughout my life.  Had I not felt embarrassed to discuss certain topics with my doctor I would have discovered solutions; instead I lived with discomfort, pain, and even embarrassment.  It’s wonderful to note that over the years women’s health has taken center stage and women are more comfortable and confident discussing what should be ‘normal topics’.  Shouldn’t our health be ‘normal’?  It should and it is!  Let’s all please teach our daughters, sisters, friends, and any other women in our lives, this valuable information.

Ladies, I encourage you to be open about your health with your doctors, with yourselves, and with your daughters.  There’s no need to feel shy or embarrassed about anything to do with your health.  By being open and honest we can take control of our health.

GIVEAWAY

Prize:  $100 Shoppers Drug Mart gift card and RepHresh™ Pro-B™ Probiotic

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It’s pertinent that we educate ourselves and raise awareness on the importance of pH, so let’s empower women to open up about vaginal health and seek out proper prevention and treatment options.

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

It is very common for women to not discuss such sensitive topics as their feminine health/vaginal health with others, or at least not feel comfortable enough to do so within their close circles … not even with their doctors!  While I was growing up, this was definitely very true for me.  Funny enough, it was only after childbirth that I became less concerned with my embarrassment and more concerned with my health.

Unfortunately, the reality is it’s common for women to experience a variety of vaginal health issues, for instance, vaginal dryness post or reoccurring and bothersome yeast infections; sadly, it’s also common for most to not be educated about the elements that can affect feminine health. This lack of knowledge of the symptoms can lead to confusion on what to do to treat any symptoms, what products are available to them over the counter, and whether or not to see their physician.  When in doubt, it’s always best to get a proper diagnosis.

To empower themselves, women need to increase their knowledge about their feminine health:

– learn how to maintain proper pH

– understand your vaginal ecosystem and personal pH level

– understand how menopause may impact your vaginal health

– learn preventative and treatment measures for any personal vaginal health issues

We know that women often look to the internet for answers to their most intimate health questions because we’re often too embarrassed to ask our friends, loved ones, and in some cases, doctors.  The truth is that common issues like yeast infections affect most women at some point during their lives. In fact, about 5% of women suffer from recurrent yeast infections (more than 4 infections in the last year, or at least 3 infections in the last year that are unrelated to antibiotic use)[1] so it’s time we stop being ashamed and start talking about it.

Vaginal dryness during perimenopause and menopause is another issue that we really need to start talking about. Given that the average life expectancy for a Canadian woman is 84 years[2], most can expect to live over one-third of their lives in a menopausal state.  All woman experience menopause symptoms differently, though almost half (47 per cent) experience vaginal dryness.  One-third of women are too embarrassed to talk about vaginal dryness and; therefore, leave their symptoms untreated. We need to educate women about menopausal misconceptions as well!  Vaginal dryness is not a normal part of aging, and intimacy doesn’t have to be a challenge.

Are you noticing a pattern here?  Women are embarrassed to discuss intimate health concerns … and they shouldn’t be!

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing, one of Canada’s most trusted physicians, Dr. Marla Shapiro. We discussed women’s health issues and solutions; such as, Replens and RepHresh.  RepHresh products help women treat yeast infections and vaginal odour and itching; Replens helps treat vaginal dryness.  By discussing vaginal health and promoting healthy habits “down there”, it’s hopeful that we’ll be able to break through the barrier and make a positive change.
Check out my interview With Dr. Marla Shapiro:

1) Can you provide me with 3 symptoms that women absolutely need to tell their doctors about?

A1) The top three symptoms that women notice and are not sure if  it’s a concern, or if it’s normal, are:  odour, discharge, and itch.

2) I’ve read that “Lower estrogen levels affect the vagina’s acid-alkaline balance, which can spur inflammation—along with thinning and drying of the vaginal walls, which can cause itching, burning, and redness. Regular sex can prevent this atrophy.” [womenshealthmag.com November 2014]
Is this true? What other ways can we prevent this atrophy?

A2) That is specifically focusing on a certain age group (menopause), when permanent changes occur, the pH becomes more alkaline, and there’s an estrogen deficit and it won’t restore.  Yes, regular sex can can be preventative.

But, for younger women (and all ages), pH varies.  It doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a disease.  There’s a variation on each woman’s normal and that can lead to infection(s).  There’s a narrow range of a balanced pH of 3.5 to 4.5 and variations can incur change within the ‘natural range’.

What is the role of pH?

Think of the vagina as an ecosystem.  There’s healthy bacteria and there’s yeast, and a balance of the two is ‘normal’.  Any influence or change in that balance can cause a change in discharge and odour.

The use of product locally (like a gel) will help pH become balanced again.

3) Why do women experience vaginal odours?

A3) Vaginal odours can be normal or a sign of infection.

[29% of the time it’s due to yeast (yeast infection)]

[50% of the time it’s bacterial (bacterial vaginosis)]

[The rest of the time it’s just a variation from the normal pH range of 3.5 to 4.5]

4) Growing up I experienced many yeast infections. Now as an adult (an older adult) I can’t remember the last time I had one. Why? What caused it to disappear? I’m not complaining, just curious.

A4) Some factors are:  diet, hormones, sexual activity, and hormones (they change over time.)

5) Is it normal to have discharge?

A5)  yes, quite normal

You can learn more here: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/a34156/vaginal-discharge-causes-treatment/

6) Do vaginas get older? Do they age, as we age? In which way(s)? 

A6)  Yes, they do.  There are fluctuations in pH, and estrogen depletion

7) On a personal note, should I be doing Kegel exercises? Last year I had to remove massive tumours that were on my ovaries…I had a complete hysterectomy.

A7) Kegel exercises are for bladder and pelvic health so; overall, it is a good to do kegels but I suggest factoring in your personal health concerns.

8) I grew up learning not to use any products on/in your vagina … unless you had to fight off an infection. I’ll assume because it might stop you from being balanced and even cause infections. Today, why is there a push towards using these products? Is our ph level really a factor? How do we know where our pH level is at?

A8) It’s not that there’s a push.  There is a raised level of awareness or knowledge.  The pH is a factor when it’s not balanced.  See your physician to get your pH level.

Suggested Solutions:

RepHresh Pro-B Probiotic Feminine Supplement is an oral capsule (taken daily) which helps balance yeast and bacteria to help maintain vaginal health.  {30 Capsules – $37.99}

Replens Vaginal Moisturizer is a hormone-free treatment which provides relief of menopausal vaginal dryness symptoms.  {3ct (9 days) – $10.99 / 8ct (24 days) – $20.99 / 14ct (42 days) $21.99}

RepHresh pH Balancing Gel is an odour eliminating gel clinically shown as pH balanced for vaginal use that works with your body naturally to maintain a healthy vaginal pH.  {4 pre-filled applicators (each application lasts 3 days) – $22.99}

Replens Silky Smooth Personal Lubricant is a premium silicone lubricant which moisturizes and lubricates to enhance the ease and comfort of intimate sexual activity.  {80 mL – $19.99}

These products are available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, and other retailers nationwide.

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I hope you have learned some valuable information, I know I have.  I do; however, feel like we’ve just touched on “all things vaginal health”.  While I’m so grateful to have had this quality interview with Dr. Shapiro, I know you have more questions.  Remember, if you have questions and/or doubts ensure you see your physician.

Make Sure to Visit:

http://www.rephresh.com/   http://www.replens.ca and    https://www.facebook.com/rephreshproducts

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PRIZE:  one (1)  $50 retailer gift card

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Terms and Conditions: Open to Canadian residents 18+ only (excludes Quebec). Winner will be notified within 48 hours of the giveaway via email, and will be required to provide their full name, address and telephone number, so that Sponsor can mail out the prize. By entering this contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a PR agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize. [Please read entire Terms and Conditions] All winners must be from within Canada. Please note giveaways are only open to Canadian residents and will not be sent out of the country.

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[1]http://bodyandhealth.canada.com/healthfeature/gethealthfeature/oh-no-not-another-yeast-infection
[2]http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/life-expectancy-in-canada-hits-80-for-men-84-for-women-1.2644355