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.
What are probiotics, who should take them, and where do you
Interest in the reported health benefits of probiotics has
grown in the past decade, and researchers continue to investigate how the
supplements can treat or prevent specific illnesses. Probiotics are
well-recognized for their ability to calm bowel inflammation in certain diseases,
particularly viral diarrhea, and they're
also helpful in reducing the incidence of severe diarrhea in patients being
treated for cancer .
On the research front they are being evaluated for use
in a number of skin disorders, and a nimal
studies suggest probiotics may play a role in the prevention of cancer . But
the supplements are not universally beneficial, and they're not recommended for
all patients. Let's take a closer look at these tiny organisms and what they
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are defined as "live microbial food ingredients
that are beneficial to health." Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria are well ...
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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