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Two of the best aspects of menopause -- and there aren't many -- are that you 1) stop having to deal with menstrual periods, which always came at the very worst times (like on vacation) and 2) for me, those recurrent yeast infections that I got in my 20s, 30s and 40s went away. Until now.
I haven't had a yeast infection for 10 or 15 years. But a recent argument with a sinus infection had me on three different antibiotics until the infection finally went away. My sinuses are better, but the problem moved southward.
About halfway through the last 14-day course of drugs, I recalled that antibiotics can wipe out the good bacteria in your vagina, so I started eating yogurt and drinking cranberry juice; women often share the virtues of both "cures." These days most medical professionals acknowledge their efficacy, too. In fact, the most common bacteria in your vagina is Lactobacillus acidophilus, the same bacteria in yogurt's active cultures. But it wasn't enough.
Having a yeast infection can make the ordinary discomforts women routinely endure (thong underwear, anyone?) seem like a walk in the park. A yeast infection can make simply walking in a straight line a heroic task. If you've ever suffered from a yeast infection, at least you know you're not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA, seventy-five percent of all women experience at least one vaginal candida or "yeast" infection during their lifetime. The signs of a yeast infection include the following: Vaginal itching Vaginal burning and soreness Thick whitish vaginal discharge Pain or discomfort during intercourse. Vaginal itching Vaginal burning and soreness Thick whitish vaginal discharge Pain or discomfort during intercourse The good news is that a yeast infection is not dangerous. It is usually not sexually transmitted. It does not spread to the ovaries or uterus. And it does not cause infertility. Yeast's Preferred Environment "Y...
Back in high school biology we all learned that there are many different organ systems in the body--the circulatory system, the respiratory system, the reproductive system, the urinary system and so forth. I think of them as having separate organs and operating differently. So it never made sense to me that something that had to do with the reproductive system (sex) would affect the urinary system (urinary tract infections). But Oh! How wrong I was.
Just about every young woman who begins her adult sexual life, no matter what her age, has dealt with the dreaded urinary tract infection ( watch a UTI video ), often as a result of sexual activity.
But why? My anatomy & physiology classes have come in handy; now I know that the urethra, which carries urine from your bladder to the point where it is excreted, is really, really close to the opening of the vagina, both of which are right above the opening of the anus, where your solid waste is excreted. Bacteria that's hangin...
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