Rephresh vs. Replens - I got the info!!

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Registered: 04-29-2005
Rephresh vs. Replens - I got the info!!
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Mon, 01-02-2006 - 12:01pm

Many people wonder whether to use Rephresh or Replens for their sex selection attempt. I read on another board that Replens is the way to go since its ph is lower. This worried me, since I had already conceived using Rephresh! So, I e-mailed the makers of Rephresh to find out it's ph. I didn't hear back. So, I called their company directly and here's what I learned today ...

Replens and Rephresh are made by the same company. They are not, however, the same thing. Replens is for vaginal dryness and Rephresh alters the ph of your vaginal environment.

When I asked about the ph of both, the rep. had to do some research and call me back. I've seen charts that show the ph of Replens at 2.79. The company said Replens has a ph buffer of 4 to 5. They said Rephresh has a lower ph of about 3.5. They said they are updating their website.

They also said douching is not recommended in conjunction with Rephresh because it can wash some of it away (where normally the Rephresh would stay adhered for 3 days/72 hours). I do believe that acidic douches have a lower ph than both of these (for what it's worth). So, there it is ... straight from the horses mouth.

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Registered: 04-29-2005
Mon, 01-02-2006 - 12:41pm
I just called back the company to ask if you already have a low ph and use Rephresh will it then increase/make your ph higher (since if you have a high ph Rephresh will lower it). They are going to call me back on this. But, they said they were going to call me back anyway because they looke dagain and Replens has a ph of 3 (and not what they previously told me). When I told them why I wanted to know the information they said the difference between 3 and 3.5 wouldn't make much difference. So, perhaps Replens or Rephresh would be about equally effective. And, imo, douching may be even better that both.
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Registered: 04-29-2005
Mon, 01-02-2006 - 12:53pm
O.K. ... the company just called me again. IF YOUR PH IS LOW, REPHRESH WILL RAISE IT, BALANCE IT OUT. So, I'm thinking this should be a no brainer. I don't like to see that I could have made a huge mistake in my attempt, but maybe this will keep some of you from makig it. What I did during my attempt was use Rephresh hours before our second to last bd. On our last bd before O, I used a vinegar water douche 1/2 hour before bd. Hopefully, that douche did some good before the Rephresh could act to raise my ph to a "healthy" level. Now, I guess I should have asked the rep. what a healthy level is/what it raises ph to. Anyway ... for this Replens vs. Rephresh debate, I'll now say stay away from Rephresh and go with Replens or douche!!! Tam
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Registered: 04-05-2003
Mon, 01-02-2006 - 3:19pm
I used rephresh and got ds #3. If I were to try low techa gain I would do a douche. Thanks for all of your efforts and information. Shelley MS hopeful in 2006
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Registered: 02-26-2005
Tue, 01-03-2006 - 12:44pm
Thanks Tam for all of your research!!! I was wondering which one was better. Now I know!!!
I might just stick with the douche!!!