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September 14, 2020 3 min read

Vaginal Yeast Infections

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The dreaded yeast infection; the all-encompassing total pain in the pants! Most women will have experienced a yeast infection at some point in their lives, in fact, both the Mayo Clinic and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 3 out of 4 women (75%) will experience a yeast infection during their life.1,2

These bothersome infections, also referred to as vulvovaginal candidiasis, can affect not only the vagina but the outer skin of the genitals called the vulva.1,2They can be caused by a variety of candida species, however, are most commonly caused by the species, C. albicans and are typically responsive to treatment.1.2

Vaginal yeast infections are caused by a disruption in the naturally occurring biome of the vagina including a harmonious balance of good and bad bacteria.1 Things that can lead to the disruption of this balanced environment include things like antibiotic use, pregnancy, uncontrolled diabetes, immune dysfunction, hormonal therapy including birth control pills and sex.1 At times, these yeast infections can be passed to the mouth when there is contact between the mouth and the genitals during sex and there are currently no recommendation to treat sexual partners unless they too are symptomatic of a yeast infection.2

While most women experience what is referred to as uncomplicated yeast infections, some women will experience more severe symptoms, recurrent infections, are pregnant, diabetic, immunocompromised or an infection with another form of yeast such as Candida glabrata and are typically referred to as having a complicated yeast infection.1,2

Why does this matter?

Your healthcare provider may need to alter your treatment plan based on which type of yeast infection you have.1,2

Symptoms of an uncomplicated vulvovaginal yeast infection may include symptoms such as:1,2

  • Vulvovaginal itching, soreness, burning or pain
  • Pain or burning with urination
  • Pain or burning with sex
  • Vaginal rash
  • Swelling
  • Odorless vaginal discharge which can be watery or thick and white resembling cottage cheese

In some women, the symptoms extend beyond the ones mentioned above and become severe leading to skin fissures, tears and sores.1,2

Treatment of your yeast infection will depend on several factors including your overall health, cause of the yeast infection and type of yeast being treated and may include the use of topical therapies, vaginal suppositories or oral tablets.1,2 Speak with your healthcare provider before starting treatment for any medical condition.

Many women find soothing relief in applying external ice to the vaginal area to ease pain, burning and itching. (link to the when to use page of the new website) VagiKool was designed with this in mind and offers women a discreet design providing you with cold therapy pain relief when and where you need it most with it’s nearly invisible when in use close-to-the-body fit. By using soft, yet strong medical grade polyvinyl, VagiKool is designed to contour to your body’s shape providing you with natural ,soothing cool relief on the go. VagiKoolis not only effective but safe. Our non-toxic and latex-free product, allows just about anyone to use it…even pregnant or nursing mothers.

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The information within this blog is for educational purposes only and does notsubstitute seeking medical advice or treatment. Speak with your healthcare provider about any symptoms you are experiencing and how to appropriately manage any of your own symptoms.

References:

  1. Mayo Clinic Staff. Yeast Infection (vaginal). (September 18, 2015) Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/yeast-infection/basics/definition/con-20035129 on January 16, 2017
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2015 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines: Vulvovaginal Candidiasis. (June 4, 2015) Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015/candidiasis.htm on January 16, 2017

 

Steven Peisner
Steven Peisner



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