Barely a week after she was launched as the endorser of a deodorant brand, Bianca Gonzalez was presented as the ambassador of Betadine.

Photo: Coleen Alvarez

Let’s do some girl talk.

At the press launch of Bianca Gonzalez as the new endorser of a feminine wash last July 2, women were encouraged to ask questions they seldom discuss even with friends.

The Kapamilya host said, “Like itchiness, di ba, sometimes, even with family, nahihiya kang sabihin.” 

She was referring to vaginal itching, which happens to most women.

And the way to prevent it, according to Dr. Laila Reyes, who was invited to give a talk that day, is to be extra hygienic during red days.

Dr. Reyes underscored, “Technically, feeling clean is hard to maintain. You have to have a good feminine hygiene, which includes the changing of sanitary napkins and the use of a good feminine wash to prevent itching and bad odor...”

Speaking of the latter, we usually hear the word “pH” which, according to Wikipedia, is the “measure of the acidity of an aqueous solution.”

The doctor added, “Basically, pH is for protection. The normal pH of the vagina is 3.8-4.2, so kapag too alkalinic ang environment, mas prone ka sa infection."

So, it’s important to wash your intimate area with product that is “non-irritating, pH appropriate, non-drying, and hypoallergenic.”

Dr. Laila shared her common advice to patients: “You have to treat your vagina as if you’re treating your face.”

But that’s not to take her words literally and use face powder down there.

The key word is “sensitive,” so Dr. Laila stressed the need to use products that will not destroy the vagina's normal pH.

In Bianca’s case, her feminine wash should be “a trusted brand.”

The star continued, “When I was a kid, pag narinig ko ang Betadine, di ba, pang-sugat… It’s an antiseptic.

“I feel protected, and I am very happy.”