A healthy genital area

The right vaginal flora

A healthy vagina is highly populated with lactic acid bacteria. Like wallpaper, the lactic acid bacteria coat the walls of the vagina and thus protect it against infections. The pathogens simply have no space to colonise. Some types of lactic acid bacteria also produce substances such as hydrogen peroxide which specifically kills the unwanted bacteria.

However, the bacterial "health police" in the vagina can be damaged as a result. Excessive hygiene using intimate wash lotions or frequent bathing in chlorinated swimming pools can, for example, upset the balance of the bacterial ecosystem. Taking antibiotics can also cause problems. Since the broad spectrum antibiotics we frequently use target many different types of bacteria, they often inhibit the growth of natural vaginal flora in the process. A course of antibiotics is often followed by infections caused by fungi or pathogenic bacteria since they can propagate unhindered. However, stress and hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy or the menopause can also disrupt the balance in the community of lactic acid bacteria and prepare the way for an infection.

Vaginal suppositories with natural, hydrogen peroxide-producing lactic acid bacteria help to restore the balance of vaginal flora. Women who go swimming regularly can protect themselves from the chlorinated water and infectious agents by using special swimming tampons. However, carrying out a detailed analysis of the vaginal flora is a good idea for those experiencing recurrent symptoms such as itching and a burning sensation.