This is a screenshot of an Insta post made by panic.panties that’s going around. It says “Vaginas have the same PH (sic) level as wine.” On top of the original image I have written “Please stop sharing this. It is FALSE.”
Now for a little lesson about the pH of wine and vaginas.
Healthy vaginal pH is 3.8 to 4.5.
Vintners (winemakers) of white wine aim for a pH of 3.0 to 3.4, while vintners of red wine aim for a pH of 3.3 to 3.6.
While 0.2 difference might not seem like a lot, it is a great deal of difference when it comes to acidity. So at its most extreme, the difference of 1.5 in pH is enormous.
How do I know this? I know about vaginal pH from being the patient of a very good urogynecologist who has been helping me with my own levels of pH, which are drastically off. And I know about the wine due to two factors: trying to increase my own pH by seeking out less acidic food and drinks, but also from years spent as a bartender.
But don’t take it just from me; I’ve got sources to back me up.
A good, reliable explanation of wine acidity and pH can be found at Wine Magazine.
A reliable source for healthy vaginal pH is at the University of Michigan Health Library.
However, it’s worth noting that researchers, such as those at the Vaginal Microbiome Consortium at Virginia Commonwealth University, have found that there are differences in the average pH of human vaginas that seem to be based upon racioethnic ancestry. Here’s just one study that has explored this.
#SexNerd #CheckYourFacts #AboveAllDoNotDoucheWithWine