Disruption of the Eco-System
The delicate balance of the vaginal eco-system can easily be disrupted and is frequently associated with elevation of vaginal pH. This typically happens when the concentration of lactobacilli is reduced while the concentration of anaerobic micro-organisms increase.
This disruption of the eco-system may be caused by:
Antibiotic treatment for vaginal infections as well as other infections.
Sexual activity and certain types of contraceptives.
Change in hormone level; stage of menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause.
Use of intra-vaginal products, including douching.
Inadequate personal intimate hygiene.
Stressed lifestyle and other conditions leading to decreased immune functioning.