If you have already been treated for a yeast infection, but it simply won’t go away, it may be time to consider visiting a gynecologist that specializes in treating vaginal disorders. A specialist can help you understand exactly what’s going on in your body, and determine the best way to treat your recurrent yeast infections.
Symptoms of a yeast infection
Common symptoms of a yeast infection include a burning sensation, itching, irritation and soreness in the vaginal area, and a curdy white discharge.
What causes recurrent yeast infections?
Recurrent yeast infections are usually an indication that there is an imbalance in the vaginal microflora. The vaginal flora plays an important role in protecting the vagina and preventing infections, so if the balance is disrupted for any reason, an infection can occur.
The vaginal ecosystem is composed of both good bacteria (lactobacilli) and bad bacteria, but the lactobacilli normally dominate and suppress the bad species. The bad bacteria are usually not harmful at a low concentration, but if there is a relative shift that causes them to multiply, it can result in a culture media in the vagina conducive to yeast growth.
Treating recurrent yeast infections
In order to effectively treat recurrent yeast infections, it’s necessary to first carry out an analysis of the vaginal constituents. This is typically done by performing a Vaginal Fluid (VFA) test that will identify the strains of bacteria present, as well as their relative concentrations. If there has been a shift in the normal bacterial milieu, a customized treatment plan can be recommended to restore balance.
Do you need help with recurrent yeast infections? Contact Fowler GYN International (FGI), Paradise Valley, AZ for a consultation. FGI is headed by board certified gynecologist Dr. R. Stuart Fowler, who specializes in the treatment of vaginal disorders.
You can visit www.fowlergyninternational.com contact-us to request a free pre-registration call, or call (480) 420-4001 to set up a consultation.