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Why does my underwear appear bleached?

Every lady/woman who has attained puberty will have Vagina discharge- it is normal. It may leave a white or yellow stain on your underwear, that’s ok. Discharge is part of the vagina’s natural self-cleaning process.

Your vaginal discharge’s pH level is on the naturally acidic side, varying between 3.5 and 4.5 courtesy of the bacteria “Lactobacillus” working overtime to keep the atmosphere in the vagina optimum. A healthy vagina will produce more acidic discharge, but the pH can fluctuate due to all sorts of factors, including your sex life, hormones, and the menstrual cycle.

Because the vagina discharge is acidic, you may notice that your underwear looks bleached (especially the dark colored ones). This is not something to worry or be alarmed about, it just shows a normal and healthy vagina doing its job.

If you’re wondering how to prevent this bleaching effect, following the steps below may help:

👉🏾Use of pantyliner. This keeps your Vaginal discharge from reaching your underwear
👉🏾Rinse/wash your underwear immediately after taking them off instead of leaving them for the big laundry day (this gives time for the acidic discharge to do the bleaching)

Healthy discharge doesn’t have a strong smell or colour and won’t be entirely odourless or smell like flowers 💐 so don’t panic if you have a slight scent.

Having mentioned what is healthy, it is noteworthy to let you know if there is any disturbance/alteration in this ecosystem of the vagina, the vagina discharge and smell may also tell.

Examples of habits that alter your vagina ecosystem include:

👉🏾Douching: the act of trying the wash the vagina (washing inside is wrong, washing the vulva is ok)
👉🏾Multiple sexual partners
👉🏾Frequent use of antibiotics: they knock out both the good and bad bacteria.
👉🏾STI: include Gonorrhea, chlamydia, Trichomoniasis
👉🏾Poor hygiene: cleaning your perineum from back to front (wrong). You should instead clean/wash from front to back so that you don’t bring the bacteria in your anus to your vagina or urethra opening.
👉🏾Tight Underwear: clothing that don’t breathe well, doesn’t allow free flow of air and can create good medium for growth of other microorganisms. Invest in cotton underwear

STOP the habits above to allow your vagina regain normalcy

If you have abnormal discharge (cottage cheese-like, grayish and fish smelling, yellow and creamy looking like pus, greenish or brown when you’re not on period or around your period) order our upendo MAMA Product…

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