I went to the gyno yesterday and learned something very interesting. Acidophilus, a probiotic that helps promote healthy bacteria in the body, is not only important for good digestion, but it is also very good for preventing yeast infections. While yeast infections can happen at any time of the year for many different reasons, they’re extremely prevalent in the summer because of the heat and frequent sweating in the lower region. Birth control pills and antibiotics are also known to be popular causes of what Amelia likes to call “the crotch monkeys.” In order to prevent the yeastie beasties, my doctor suggested that I ingest a live culture acidophilus capsule once daily. He also said that if I am going swimming, will be in very hot and sweaty conditions, or if I need to take antibiotics, then I should insert one capsule vaginally at nighttime to promote healthy bacteria in my body. I’ve tried this technique to treat a yeast infection and it worked, but you should check with your doctor first. After the jump, find a couple ways that you can take acidophilus to help your digestive tract as well as your vagina. Keep reading »
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“The skin around my vagina itches a lot. I’ve taken a look and there doesn’t seem to be any rash or visible problems of any sort – what could be the problem?” — Snatch Attack, via email
Most likely you have a yeast infection, especially if you’re experiencing abnormal discharge (white and clumpy). However, a yeast infection is only one possibility if you’re experiencing vaginitis, a term used to describe infections or inflammations of the vagina. Aside from yeast infections, vaginitis can be caused by antibiotics, excessive alcohol consumption, and allergies. A lot of women think they have yeast infections when they’re really allergic to latex condoms.
Before you head to the pharmacy to get an over-the-counter medicine (such as Monistat) make an appointment with your OBGYN to get an exam.
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