Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment Over The Counter – Natural Remedies

Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment Over The Counter – Natural Remedies

Vaginal Infections

Every year, millions of cases of vaginitis (vaginal inflammation) affect women of all ages, but they are especially susceptible during the reproductive years.2 Fluctuating hormonal levels, bacteria, and sexual activities are just a few of the most common reasons women experience vaginal discomfort. The three most common forms of vaginitis are yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis (BV), and trichomoniasis. Symptoms for all three can include some form of vaginal discharge, itching, and irritation, so it is important to understand how they are different and require specialized treatment.

Knowing your body well and understanding your symptoms, causes, risk factors and treatment options will help you decide upon a course of action that is right for you.
Not all women will experience noticeable symptoms of a yeast infection. If the infection is mild, the symptoms might also be very subtle. Knowing what’s normal for you will help you be aware of any changes in your vaginal health. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms for the first time, consult your doctor for confirmation.

Most women have one or more of these symptoms:

Burning, redness, and swelling of the vagina and vulva
Pain when passing urine or having sex
Vulvar inflammation (redness, swelling, rash)
Vaginal pain, soreness, or burning
Vaginal discharge that may be thick, white, and lumpy like cottage cheese
If you experience any of the following symptoms, ask a doctor before using MONISTAT®, as they could be signs of another type of infection.

Rash or hives
Lower abdominal, back or shoulder pain
Nausea or vomiting
Foul-smelling or greenish/grayish vaginal discharge
Missed periods
Frequent urination, an urgent need to difficulty passing urine
Many things can change the balance of yeast organisms normally present in the vagina. If there are too many, it can trigger a yeast infection.

Triggers include:

Menstruation: Changes in hormone levels during a normal menstrual cycle can result in occasional or recurrent yeast infections.
Increased estrogen levels: Women who are taking birth control pills that have a high-dose of estrogen as well as those on estrogen hormone therapy are more susceptible to developing a yeast infection.
Pregnancy: Increased levels of estrogen during pregnancy make women more susceptible to recurrent yeast infections. The CDC recommends treatment with a 7-day topical Azole, like MONISTAT®, but never treat without consulting your doctor first.
Antibiotics: Broad-spectrum antibiotics kill healthy lactobacillus bacteria in the vagina, which enables yeast to overgrow.
Diabetes: Whether controlled or uncontrolled, diabetes puts women at higher risk for developing a yeast infection.
Cancer Treatments: Undergoing chemotherapy treatments create a greater risk for developing a yeast infection.
Impaired immune system: Women with weakened immunity from corticosteroid therapy or HIV infections are at greater risk for developing a yeast infection.
It’s good to understand that most often, yeast infections result from a type of Candida fungus known as Candida albicans, which is generally responsive to standard therapy, but other strains exist that are more resistant common treatment options. If you experience any problems treating or curing your yeast infection, consult a doctor.

If this is your first time experiencing a yeast infection or you are unsure as to whether or not you have one, consult your doctor for a diagnosis. If you know that it is a yeast infection from past experience and are familiar with the symptoms you can try MONISTAT®. MONISTAT® can begin to relieve symptoms soon after the first dose, with a full cure after 7 days.

If you are experiencing symptoms of an infection, but think that it might not be a yeast infection, you can use the MONISTAT COMPLETE CARE™ Vaginal Health Test to help determine if you need to see a doctor.

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