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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.
They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, something I doubt many of us would dispute. When it comes to mental health its surprising how much people appear to know, especially when they have no background or specialist training in the subject. In saying this, I'm not especially banging a drum for mental health professionals, neither am I trying to undermine those who without formal knowledge undertake painstaking research to give themselves insights into a condition or disease. No, I'm thinking more about the person who is neither of these things yet they know all about your depression and what's best for it.
How do we recognize such a person? Well, sometimes they stand out a mile. Other times they hide behind pseudo-qualifications as a cover for providing advice. Yes, you can ask to see the qualifications and grill for information about professional backgrounds, but when depressed it's sometimes the case that people are only too pleased to have a sympathetic ear, someon...
Does yogurt help prevent yeast infections?
Several studies have suggested that one cup of yogurt a day(only the kind that has acidophilus bacteria) may reduce the frequency of vaginal yeast infections . Check the label for the statement "contains live cultures" or similar text.
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