Vaginal Yeast Infection

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Vaginal thrush or a vaginal yeast infection (also referred to as candidiasis)

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Vaginal thrush or a vaginal yeast infection (also referred to as candidiasis) is a prevalent condition among women. A healthy vagina usually has both bacteria and some yeast cells. However, when the balance of bacteria and yeast changes, then the yeast cells multiply and can cause irritation in the form of itching and swelling.

Impact on quality of life
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The recurrent symptoms of vaginal infections remain an ongoing challenge for women, as it negatively impacts their quality of life. In fact, studies have found that the following four themes recur in women who suffer from repeat vaginal infections: frustration, mood disorders, intimacy changes in the relationship and anxiety.

Treatment
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Several OTC medications can assist in treating a vaginal yeast infection. These include butoconazole, clotrimazole, miconazole, terconazole and fluconazole. Your doctor will recommend the right one for you.
In addition, in order to restore the ‘good bacteria’ in the vagina, daily supplementation with oral probiotics has been found to reduce colonisation of the vagina by yeast.

Prevention and lifestyle changes
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To avoid the discomfort of vaginal thrush, the following steps can be undertaken:

  • eating a well-balanced diet
  • eating yoghurt or taking supplements with lactobacillus
  • wearing natural fibres such as cotton, linen, or silk
  • washing underwear in hot water
  • replacing feminine products frequently

As mentioned above,  the daily intake of scientifically selected probiotics provides a natural, safe and effective means to stabilise the fluctuating vaginal flora, thereby lowering the risk of infections in healthy women and those prone to urogenital disease.

Overview
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Vaginal thrush or a vaginal yeast infection (also known as candidiasis) is a relatively frequent occurrence among women. It’s normal for a healthy vagina to have bacteria and yeast, but when that equilibrium is disturbed, the yeast cells grow out of control, leading to irritating itching and swelling.

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What are the causes and risk factors of vaginal yeast infection?
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Candida albicans is a naturally occurring yeast/microorganism that lives in the vagina. On the other hand, Lactobacillus is the bacteria in the vagina that ensures the yeast doesn’t take over. If there is an imbalance in your system, the bacteria cannot work properly, and the yeast then takes over, leading to vaginal thrush.
There are several risk factors that can lead to vaginal thrush:

What are the Signs and Symptoms of vaginal yeast infection?
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The symptoms of vaginal thrush include the following:

  • vaginal itching
  • swelling around the vagina
  • burning during urination or sex
  • pain during sex
  • soreness
  • redness
  • rash
  • vaginal discharge (often cottage cheese-like)

Diagnosis
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Your doctor will assess your medical history, including if you have had a sexually transmitted infection before. They will then examine your vagina, the walls and cervix and check for any other infections. Additionally, depending on the doctor’s findings, they may collect cells from your vagina (a swab) and send them to the lab.

Reuterina femme probiotic for vaginal yeast infection and vaginal thrush

  • Reuterina Femme contains two strains of Lactobacillus, namely Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus fermentum RC-14. Taking Reuterina Femme daily has been found to be safe and to maintain vaginal bacteria. 
  • Reuterina Femme contains our clinically proven strain AS WELL AS an additional probiotic strain (Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1) – together, these strains effectively treat vaginal infections 
  • Can be used in combination with antibiotics and antifungal medications to increase the effectiveness and cure rate in yeast and bacterial vaginal infections. 
  • Prevents urogenital infections such as yeast vaginitis (thrush) and bacterial vaginosis.
  • Effectively treats vaginal infections in women.
  • Reduces the growth of infection-causing bacteria and yeasts in the vagina.
  • Prevents urogenital infections such as yeast vaginitis (thrush) and bacterial vaginosis.




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