It can be really confusing distinguishing between the symptoms associated with feminine problems arising. Sometimes you can have little or no symptoms and find out from your doctor that you have an infection by pH testing that is done. Other times, you could be itchy and have different signs of an infection and not see your gynecologist. You could mistakenly guess which issue needs resolved and waste time and money with OTC medications that are wrong.
Commonly known as candida, this infection is marked by a thick, white discharge, itching, burning, and odor. Yeast is a fungus that exists in minute amounts but when the balance of the vagina is thrown off, an infection develops. Different remedies are prescribed for this frequently acquired problem. Women and girls alike can avoid getting yeast infections by watching their diet, maintaining good hygiene and by wearing cotton panties as well as other clothing that allows air to ventilate to the vagina.
Vaginal yeast infections are treated with anti-fungal medications that are applied topically for the vagina or by medications taken orally. In some circumstances, mixed infections with multiple microbes require combinations of treatments.
Known as gardnerella, bacterial vaginitis or vaginal bacteriosis, this infection’s symptoms include itching, odor, burning, unusual vaginal discharge that is gray/yellow in color. Cervical tenderness, backache and fever can develop as this infection worsens. Some ladies report a strong fish-like odor developing immediately following sexual intercourse. Gardnerella is a flora that exists in the vaginal ecosystem. Its balance can be thrown off, just like candida.
Bacterial Vaginosis treatment differs greatly from that of a yeast infection. Oral treatments and/or topical cures are prescribed. Usually a seven-day course brings the bacterial level back to normal.
There are three types of vaginitis in women. They are hormone-related, irritant, and infectious. Prepubescent girls, women who have already had menopause or women who had their ovaries removed surgically, or postpartum mothers tend to get hormone-related vaginitis. Irritant vaginitis is the result of tight, non-porous clothing, allergies, or poor hygiene. Infectious vaginitis is most often found in women of childbearing age and is typically caused by trichomonas, gonococci, or alternative sexually transmitted organisms.
BV (bacterial vaginosis) occurs in some women who have never been sexually active. Smoking and drinking can also contribute to this infection. It occurs in pregnant women as well as women who have multiple sex partners or a new sex partner. Douching can alter the good bacteria and could be a culprit as well. The reasons why it develops are still not fully understood.
Don’t feel uncomfortable any longer. When you visit your gynecologist next time, be prepared on what evidence proves a diagnosis to assist your doctor in providing the right tests and treatment options. Be a leader of your personal wellness.