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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.
When mothers took probiotics during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, their babies were less likely to develop eczema according to a new study completed in Finland.
Probiotics are the “good bacteria” needed for good bowel health. Our intestines have both good and bad bacteria. When the bad bacteria overrun the good, you can get a number of intestinal problems, such as diarrhea, yeast infections and inflammatory bowel disease. Probiotics, or good bacteria, help to stop the growth of the bad bacteria and can regulate intestinal problems. Probiotics are found in yogurt with the words “live and active cultures” on the label and are also available in supplement form.
The Research Study
The study included 241 pregnant women, all with a history of allergies, who were divided into two groups. One group took a probiotic formula to be mixed in a glass of water each day. The other group received a bacteria-free powder to mix with water – a placebo. T...
Today, treatments for yeast infections are available in your grocery store or pharmacy, over-the-counter. You don’t need to see a doctor in order to buy a treatment kit and use it. Because yeast infections are common, this helps millions of women. However, there are times when you should see a doctor before purchasing and using the medication.
What Are Vaginal Yeast Infections?
Yeast is a type of fungus. A yeast infection is caused when you have an overgrowth of the fungus called candida albicans in your vagina. Symptoms of a yeast infection include:
Redness, soreness and swelling of the vagina and vulva
Pain during sex or when urinating
Thick, white discharge that resembles cottage cheese
Rash on the vagina
You may have all of these symptoms or just a few. Symptoms can be mild or severe. Approximately three-fourths of women will have a yeast infection sometime in their life. Yeast infections are not STIs and are rarely transmitted during sex. Yeast infections can be uncomf...
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