Frequently Asked Questions

Feminine health comes with many questions. Don't worry, we're here to help answer your questions.

Vaginal Odor

Vaginal Odor is defined as an unpleasant smell, usually resulting from a pH imbalance which has allowed for the flourishing of odor-causing microorganisms in the vagina. Vaginal odor may be fishy, sometimes signifying Bacterial Vaginosis, or Yeasty, signifying a Yeast Infection. However, you can still have a Yeast Infection without vaginal odor.
Vaginal odor is often the result of a vaginal pH imbalance. The optimal range of vaginal pH is 3.5 to 4.5, and when imbalanced, allows odor-causing microorganisms to flourish. This may lead to an unpleasant odor and even vaginal infections. Vaginal infections like Bacterial Vaginosis and Yeast Infections cause distinct smells of their own.
If your odor is not fishy or yeasty and you have normal pH and no uncomfortable symptoms (discharge, itch or irritation), your vaginal odor is most likely to be normal. All women have some natural vaginal odor. This scent will vary by person and may be described as sweet or musky. It may also smell metallic near your period or bleach-like after intercourse. These scents are normal and can vary depending on diet, exercise and hormone fluctuations. There is no need to take any action to remove or cover up these normal odors. However, if you find this normal vaginal odor makes you unhappy or uncomfortable, you may wish to try RepHresh Vaginal Gel for extra freshness and confidence without added scents or perfumes.
Since vaginal odor is a result of an imbalance in vaginal pH, it can be eliminated by returning your vaginal pH to its healthy state. Maintaining a healthy vaginal pH can help ensure that the bacteria that is naturally present in your vagina is balanced and odor-causing microorganisms will be unable to flourish. If you believe you have an infection, see your Doctor for treatment.
Vaginal odor can be prevented by maintaining your healthy vaginal pH in its optimal range. Vaginal pH can be maintained by using RepHresh Gel once every 3 days, or when an imbalance is most likely to occur.
Yes. Vaginal odor is often about pH balance, not bad hygiene. If you are uncomfortable with your normal vaginal odor, the use of RepHresh will balance your pH and begin eliminating odor immediately after the first use. However, if vaginal odor persists, this can be a symptom of a more serious problem, and in this case you should see your doctor for a correct diagnosis.

Vaginal pH

pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline a substance is. The pH of a certain substance is signified by a number from 0-14 and the lower the number, the more acidic the substance. Distilled water is neutral, and has a pH of 7. A normal vaginal pH is slightly acidic at 3.5 to 4.5 and is important for maintaining good vaginal health. At this optimum pH level, your vagina contains a balance of necessary bacteria and some yeast cells. This delicate balance can be easily disturbed.
When this balance is disturbed, vaginal problems like odor and discomfort are more likely to occur. When vaginal pH is unbalanced, odor causing microorganisms can flourish. Studies show that vaginal issues often occur when vaginal pH is unbalanced. By maintaining a healthy vaginal pH, you can help reduce your risk of vaginal issues.
A normal vaginal pH of 3.5 to 4.5 is important for maintaining good vaginal health. When used once every 3 days, RepHresh Gel helps maintain this healthy vaginal pH.

Vaginal Discomfort

Vaginal discomfort may be caused by unbalanced feminine pH. Your pH can become unbalanced from menstruation, semen, douching, and even body soaps.

Sometimes vaginal discomfort is prompted by vaginal dryness. If your source of discomfort is from dryness, we recommend Replens® Long-Lasting Feminine Moisturizer.
Vaginal discomfort is often a result of unbalanced vaginal pH. RepHresh Vaginal Gel helps you take control and maintain healthy vaginal pH in the optimum range, effectively relieving vaginal discomfort.

If vaginal discomfort persists or you suspect you have an infection, see your doctor immediately.

Yeast and Bacteria

Yeast and bacteria are the major players in determining vaginal health. Your body has limited resources, so only so much yeast and bacteria can survive at any given time, causing them to compete. If the yeast grows too much, you can end up with a yeast infection. If the wrong kind of bacteria gains control, you can end up with odor or a bacterial infection.

Luckily, there are two types of bacteria: pathogenic bacteria and beneficial bacteria. The pathogenic bacteria are the kind you don’t want – odor-causing bacteria, infection-causing bacteria. The beneficial bacteria are the good kind – the lactobacillus that keeps the yeast and pathogenic bacteria in check. As long as everything stays in balance, the beneficial bacteria thrive and the yeast and pathogenic bacteria are unable to take control.
A Yeast Infection, the second most common vaginal infection, occurs when there is an overgrowth of Yeast in the vagina. Symptoms often include a white vaginal discharge with a cottage cheese consistency and may be odorless or have a yeasty smell.
Bacterial Vaginosis, the most common vaginal infection, occurs when there is an overgrowth of bad, or pathogenic, bacteria in the vagina. Symptoms often include an excessive grayish white vaginal discharge and a bothersome "fishy odor".
The two most common types of vaginal infections are bacterial vaginosis (BV) and yeast infections. BV is the most common form of vaginal infection. Nearly half of all vaginal infections are classified as bacterial vaginosis, while about 29% are classified as yeast infections. It is common for women to mistake one for the other. If you suspect you have an infection, see your doctor immediately.

  • BV generally results in an excessive grayish white vaginal discharge and a bothersome “fishy odor” which can be worse after sexual intercourse. Many people describe the discharge as yogurt-like or pasty. May also have vaginal itching & redness.
  • Yeast infections can be very uncomfortable. Symptoms generally include itching and burning in the vagina and around the vulva, a white vaginal discharge that may look like cottage cheese, pain during sexual intercourse, and swelling of the vulva. May be odorless or have a yeasty smell.

Feminine Freshness

Feminine freshness is the feeling of confidence, comfort and cleanliness caused by a healthy vaginal pH. Almost every woman at some time in her life suffers from some sort of feminine health issue. RepHresh is here to help you maintain feminine freshness all month long.
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RepHresh Product Questions

No. RepHresh is an over-the-counter product that maintains vaginal pH.
RepHresh is simple and easy to use. The applicator is inserted into the vagina just like a tampon. After pressing the thick end of the applicator, a small amount of clear gel enters the vagina. Please look inside your RepHresh package for complete directions.
RepHresh should be used once every three days for best results. It may be helpful to use RepHresh during the times you are most susceptible to higher pH levels, such as after your period or sex. Your doctor can help you figure out when you are most susceptible to higher pH levels based on your medical history.
Yes, but due to other fluids that are present in the vagina during your period, this may be messy. To help avoid this, use RepHresh up to 3 days before and immediately after your period to maintain healthy vaginal pH.
You can use RepHresh anytime, day or night, and still enjoy maximum effectiveness. Unlike other vaginal products, RepHresh is not runny or messy, so there is no need to use it just before going to bed. You can use it at whatever time you feel most comfortable.
No. RepHresh is a clear, vaginal gel that comes in an applicator, which means you won’t have to experience the mess that comes with a vaginal cream.
No. RepHresh contains no spermicides and should not be used as a form of contraception.
If pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your healthcare provider before using.
Yes. The use of RepHresh during and after menopause can help with elevated pH that can be caused by hormone fluctuations and often occurs during these times. Or if you are experiencing vaginal dryness and want a long-lasting vaginal moisturizer, try Replens Long-Lasting Feminine Moisturizer by the makers of RepHresh.
RepHresh contains no perfumes or deodorizers that tend to cause irritation. If irritation does occur, however, discontinue use and consult your doctor.
Yes, both oral sex and intercourse are safe while using RepHresh. In fact, the use of RepHresh can even help lessen discomfort during intercourse. Also, because the pH level of sperm is high, it can cause your vaginal pH to become unbalanced. The use of RepHresh after sex will keep your vaginal pH balanced. And by maintaining a healthy pH, RepHresh also helps control vaginal odor, which may make you and your partner feel more comfortable during those intimate moments.
RepHresh has no known interactions with other medications. As with all products, you should consult your physician if you have concerns.
The pre-filled applicator is designed to deposit the recommended amount of RepHresh. When used as directed, a small amount of RepHresh will remain in the applicator after use. Discard this excess product along with the applicator.
RepHresh is available in the feminine care aisle at most drug, grocery and discount stores and here on the web, just click on Where To Buy from the above menu. If your store does not carry RepHresh, simply ask your pharmacist to order it for you. Most are happy to do so.

RepHresh has been the subject of multiple clinical studies and has been found to have NO known side effects when used as directed.

As with any product, allergies to the ingredients, while rare, can occur. If irritation occurs, discontinue use and consult your doctor. If you are experiencing discharge, itch and persistent odor, this could be a sign of an underlying problem, such as an infection. RepHresh Gel is not intended to treat vaginal infections. Consult your medical professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.

RepHresh has been cleared by the FDA for over-the-counter sale in the U.S. Clinical trials have consistently shown that RepHresh is as safe as it is effective in maintaining healthy vaginal pH. And it contains no hormones, estrogen or antibiotics. Medical Professionals: To read the clinical studies, click here.