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Monday, 14 August 2017

COMMON VAGINAL INFECTIONS, SYMPTOMS AND HOW TO AVOID THEM.

the human vagina

     Vaginal infections are caused when bacteria, fungi, or viruses grow in and around your vagina. Though, it is normal for some types of beneficial and protective bacteria and yeast cells to live inside your vagina (usually to destroy other germs and minor infections), but other types of bacteria, viruses, and fungi shouldn’t be there. When the balance between bacteria and yeast changes, the yeast cells multiply, hence causing itching, swelling, and irritation.
   It is also normal and healthy for women to have discrete and small amounts of discharge from their vagina to keep itself clean. The amount and color of this discharge can change during your menstrual cycle, and also if you get pregnant.
   Unpleasant odor, itching, and burning of the vagina are just some of the symptoms of vaginal infections.
    If you ever have pain in your vagina, you should seek medical help right away.

Some other symptoms that show when your vagina is infected are:
      1.      Unusual vaginal bleeding between your periods (that is not normal menstrual period).
      2.      Unusual vaginal discharge – with a foul smell, and yellow/green color.
      3.      Pain while passing out urine.
      4.      Rashes (some tender red pus-filled bumps) developing on the vulva, and could spread to the thighs and anus.

If your symptoms do not respond positively to over-the-counter medications, visit a gynecologist as soon as possible. You should also try to avoid self-medication or self-treatment. A professional help from a gynecologist is what I will advise to you.

Know the type of vaginal infection you have – it is very important to know what type of vaginal infection you have if you find any of the above-listed symptoms, because accurate medical treatments vary by the condition of your vagina.

    There are several kinds or types of vaginal infections. Here are four (4) very common types:

     1.     Vaginal Yeast Infection.
This is most commonly caused by a specie of yeast called Candida albicans.
Symptoms of vaginal yeast infection include: Itching, and Reddening of the vulva (the lips of the vagina), with a thick white discharge.

     2.     Trichomonas vaginitis.
It is a Sexually Transmitted Infection (S.T.I.), popularly called “Trich”.
Symptoms of this infection include: Reddening, burning, and irritation of the vagina; swelling of the vulva; pains when passing out urine; yellow-gray or greenish vaginal discharge, possibly with a fishy odor.

     3.     Bacterial vaginosis.
Symptoms of this infection include: Itching and burning of the vagina, a thick whitish or slippery and clear discharge with a fishy odor.

     4.     Chlamydia vaginitis.
This is also a STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection).
Symptoms of this infection include: Inflammation of the vagina, vaginal bleeding (especially after an intercourse), some women may also have foul discharges.


Mode of transfer of vaginal infections include:
1.      Through sexual intercourse. Your partner may transfer his infection to your vagina through this way.
2.      Regular changing of sexual partners is not also advisable, as it changes the balance in the ecological condition of the vagina.

What you should avoid as a woman or lady:
1.      Avoid the use of some antibiotics. These antibiotics destroy the protective bacteria in the vagina, making it more prone to infections.
2.      Avoid the use of perfumed feminine hygiene sprays in the vagina area. This can interfere with the pH level of your vagina.
3.      Avoid wearing under-wears that are tight and/or not made of cotton.
4.      Avoid using harsh soaps or cleansers on the vulva area or inside the vagina. This can also interfere with the Ph level of the vagina.
5.      Avoid the insertion of a tampon, or any other object into the vagina.





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