How does a yeast infection start?

A yeast infection can be irritating and annoying to deal with, but it generally responds to treatment and clears in a few days.   However, there are times when yeast infections keep coming back.  If this has been your experience, it’s important to find out what’s responsible for the yeast infection.

How does a yeast infection start?

A yeast infection is marked by general irritation of the external vaginal issues along with itching, burning, discharge, irritation, and soreness.  Yeast infections that persist despite treatment, are typically caused by an altered vaginal microflora pattern.

An altered microflora pattern occurs because of a variation in the dominant bacteria in the microflora.   The vaginal ecosystem consists of a variety of bacteria and yeast, but the good bacteria are usually present in abundance.  However, factors such as stress, the onset of menopause, excessive physical activity, and smoking, can precipitate a shift in the bacterial flora.  When this happens, it can encourage the growth of yeast in the vagina (learn more).

Treating yeast infections caused by an altered microflora pattern

In order to properly treat yeast infections caused by an altered microflora pattern, it is necessary to identify the vaginal constituents.  Dr. R Stuart Fowler of Fowler GYN International developed the vaginal fluid analysis (VFA) test, to help in this regard.  The VFA test provides an analysis of the vaginal constituents, and if an altered microflora pattern is discovered, FGI will create a customized treatment protocol to restore balance.

The treatment plan involves a combination of medication and hypocontactant skin care products.  Most patients experience an improvement in symptoms after about 4 months.

Are you experiencing recurrent yeast infections?Contact the experts in vaginal healthcare at Fowler GYN International, Paradise Valley, AZ for a consultation. 

You can reach them at, or by calling (480) 420-4001.

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