Types of Vaginal Infection
It is always advisable to visiting your doctor if you suspect you have a vaginal infection.
The two most common types of vaginal infections are bacterial vaginosis (BV) and yeast infections.
What is BV?BV is the most common form of vaginal infection. Nearly half of all vaginal infections are classified as bacterial vaginosis, while about 29% are classified as yeast infections. It is common for women to mistake one for the other. BV generally results in an excessive grayish white vaginal discharge and a bothersome “fishy odour” which can be worse after sexual intercourse. Many people describe the discharge as yogurt-like or pasty. Many also experience vaginal itching & redness. If your vaginal infection is bacterial then using over the counter or prescribed remedies for other infections will probably do no good.
If you are diagnosed as having BV (this can be done by a swab test by a GP, practice nurse at a GUM clinic) then you will either be prescribed a dose of antibiotics or recommended RepHresh, a vaginal gel which can be purchased without prescription from pharmacies. RepHresh can clear the BV infection and also prevent it from returning. Please browse the site to find out more about RepHresh Vaginal Gel.
How can I treat BV?
Yeast infections (also known as thrush) can also be very uncomfortable. Symptoms generally include itching and burning in the vagina and around the vulva, a white vaginal discharge that may look like cottage cheese, pain during sexual intercourse, and swelling of the vulva. May be odourless or have a yeasty smell.
What is a yeast infection?
How can I treat a yeast infection?
Yeast infections are usually treated with antifungal creams, pessaries or pills. These can be obtained by a GP or from pharmacies. If you suffer regularly from thrush symptoms or, after completing a course of treatment, the symptoms return the following may be possible:
You may need to repeat treatment
You may need to treat your partner in case he is causing the re-infection
You may have another infection
A visit to a GP or GUM clinic could rule out any sexually transmitted infection and put your mind at ease. It is highly likely that re-occurring symptoms of itching, odour and irritation are caused by BV which can be treated and prevented by using a pH balancing gel like RepHresh. RepHresh can also prevent risk of developing BV AND thrush in the future. Please browse this site for more information about RepHresh.