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Homeopathic Medicines For Vaginal Candidiasis!

Dr. Swarup Kumar Ghosh 89% (82 ratings)
MD - Bio-Chemistry, MF Homeo (London), DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery), BHMS
Homeopath, Kolkata

Top natural homeopathic remedies for vaginal candidiasis

Sepia and calcarea carb:- best homeopathic remedies for vaginal candidiasis with milky white vaginal discharge
Both sepia and calcarea carb are top natural homeopathic medicines for treating vaginal candidiasis where the vaginal discharge is milky white in color. The women needing sepia complain of excessive itching, excoriation in the vulva and vagina along with milky white vaginal discharge. The itching is not relieved by scratching. There are soreness and swelling of the labia minora, vulva and vagina. Heat in genitals is also noted. Irritation and stitches in vagina are also felt. Sepia is also the best homeopathic prescription for pain in vagina on coition due to vaginal candidiasis. It is a very beneficial remedy for complaints experienced around climacteric or menopausal time. Bearing down pains in womb are also a characteristic key note guiding its use. Homeopathic medicine calcarea carb too is of great help in the treatment of vaginal candidiasis with milky white vaginal discharge. One major prominent symptom for using calcarea carb is worsening of the vaginal discharge on passing urine. The discharge is accompanied by burning and itching in the genitals that is worse before and after periods. The vagina and vulva show signs of swelling, with redness. A history of heavy bleeding during periods may be found in women needing calcarea carb.

Pulsatilla: homeopathic remedy for vaginal candidiasis with peculiar thick, creamy vaginal discharge
Pulsatilla is an ideal homeopathic remedy forvaginal candidiasis with a peculiar thick, creamy vaginal discharge. The discharge is accompanied by much burning and corrosive itching in the genitals. The vaginal discharge is experienced throughout the month i. E. Before, during and after periods. The discharge is very acrid. Backache can be narrated by a few women. Apart from these particular features, some general symptoms of high significance should also be taken into consideration for using pulsatilla. The first among these is absence of thirst the whole day even if the mouth is dry. The second is the desire for cool open air. A person feels quite better in open surroundings in general. The third symptom refers to the mental state of women: sensitive nature and weeping easily. The woman has a very mild nature and starts to weep over minor issues. Consolation is relieving for the women. Such women are also of yielding disposition.

Thuja and nitric acid: homeopathic remedies for vaginal candidiasis with excessive soreness and ulcers
When due to extreme acridity of vaginal discharge and scratching, ulcers begin to appear in vulva or vagina, then thuja and nitric acid are the best natural homeopathic remedies. Thuja is the ideal homeopathic medicine when excessive excoriation, burning and smarting is felt in vulva and vagina due to ulcers. There is also discomfort and sensitiveness in vagina during coition. Nitric acid is the ideal homeopathic medicine when irritation in genitals with stitching type of pain is prominent. The vaginal discharge is white with excessive soreness of parts. Burning and itching are felt in vagina. The discharge may leave a yellow stain. In others, the vaginal discharge is white and stringy in nature for using nitric acid.

Monilia albicans: homeopathic remedy for vaginal candidiasis with fissures or cracks in vulva or vagina
Monilia albicans, also known as candida albicans, is a powerful nosode used in homeopathic treatment for vaginal candidiasis with efficient results. The most important indication is presence of cracks or fissures in the vulva or vagina. Itching is always present. In others, marked inflammation and swelling in the parts are noted. In a few women, vesicular eruptions containing fluid may be present in vulva or vagina for which homeopathic medicine monilia albicans is the ideal remedy.

Helonias: top homeopathic treatment for vaginal candidiasis with specific curdy deposits in vulva
Helonias is the best homeopathic remedy when peculiar curdy deposits are present in the vulva. There is inflammation of parts with swelling, intense heat, burning and redness. Intense itching in genitals too is marked. Along with this particular symptom, excessive weakness, tiredness and prostration are also frequently noticed. Backache is common along with other symptoms. A highly marked characteristic for using natural homeopathic remedy helonias is general relief when the woman keeps busy and the mind is involved in doing some work.

Homeopathic remedies for extreme itching in vulva or vagina due to vaginal candidiasis-
The top natural homeopathic medicines for controlling intense itching in vulva or vagina due to candida infection are kreosote, sepia and medorrhinum. Kreosote is a highly recommended homeopathic medicine for controlling intense itching in parts due to candida infection. It is very beneficial for women who have intense corrosive, burning and itching in vulva with a highly acrid discharge. Swelling of the vulva is also present. Sepia is used when itching is experienced along with milky white vaginal discharge. Medorrhinum is the ideal homeopathic remedy when the vaginal discharge is very thin and highly acrid with marked itching. The characteristic feature for using medorrhinum is worsening of itching when thinking of it.

Homeopathic medicines for pain or burning in vagina during coition due to candida infection-
Sepia is an excellent naturalhomeopathic remedy for pain in vagina felt on coition due to vaginal candidiasis. Homeopathic medicine lycopodium is very useful when burning in vagina is felt during and after coition. And if only sensitiveness is felt in vagina during coition, then homeopathic medicine thuja is recommended.

Vaginal Health - Know Facts About It!

Dr. Geetam Bharti 89% (33 ratings)
MBBS, MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology, ex senior resident reproductive biology
Gynaecologist, Patna
Vaginal Health - Know Facts About It!

The vagina is a tube-like muscular structure of the female genital tract that extends from the cervix to the vulva. It is a delicate organ which is prone to injuries and infections.Complications related to urination, menstruation and sexual intercourse- all affect the vaginal health.

Here are five questions associated with vaginal problems that are commonly experienced but rarely discussed:

1. Why does it feel itchy before menstruation?

The hormonal cycle reduces the amount of estrogen secreted right before the period starts. This reduces the moisture content of the inner membranes of the vagina; the skin becomes thinner and slightly dry. This can cause the itching. However, if the itching and burning sensation is too severe, it could be an infection and should be checked out.

2. What is the white discharge?

The greasy white discharge is due to the ovulation cycle. It usually occurs once a month because the amount of secretion increases right before ovulation. Some women may experience this discharge more frequently but it is nothing to worry about unless there is an unpleasant odor. Odorous discharge could be a sign of bacterial infection.

3. How often should you have a vaginal examination?

You should get a vaginal examination at least once a year. This is important for a general health assessment and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. If you are using birth control medication, there might be irregularity in the hormonal cycles and this can lead to a number of conditions- another reason to get an annual vaginal examination.

4. Does it smell differently at different times?

It usually smells differently for every woman and even that unique smell changes with the cycles of ovulation and menstruation due to changes in the pH level of the vagina. The normal vaginal pH value is between 3.8 and 4.6. Before menstruation, it may smell acidic followed by a bitter smell for a few days after menstruation. It may also smell differently after a workout (due to sweat) or after sex (due to lubrication). However, a foul smell accompanied by discharge, might be a cause for concern.

5. Why does it feel dry sometimes?

Vaginal dryness is normally experienced by women after the age of 45 or after pregnancy. However, dryness is also common just before menstruation. It also happens in women who use anti-allergy medications or birth control pills because they cause dryness in all the mucous membranes of the body.

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5 Unconventional Questions About Vaginal Health

Dr. Meenakshi Varma 86% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Bhopal
5 Unconventional Questions About Vaginal Health

The vagina is a tube-like muscular structure of the female genital tract that extends from the cervix to the vulva. It is a delicate organ which is prone to injuries and infections.Complications related to urination, menstruation and sexual intercourse- all affect the vaginal health.

Here are five questions associated with vaginal problems that are commonly experienced but rarely discussed :

1. Why does it feel itchy before menstruation?

The hormonal cycle reduces the amount of estrogen secreted right before the period starts. This reduces the moisture content of the inner membranes of the vagina; the skin becomes thinner and slightly dry. This can cause the itching. However, if the itching and burning sensation is too severe, it could be an infection and should be checked out.

2. What is the white discharge?

The greasy white discharge is due to the ovulation cycle. It usually occurs once a month because the amount of secretion increases right before ovulation. Some women may experience this discharge more frequently but it is nothing to worry about unless there is an unpleasant odor. Odorous discharge could be a sign of bacterial infection.

3. How often should you have a vaginal examination?

You should get a vaginal examination at least once a year. This is important for a general health assessment and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. If you are using birth control medication, there might be irregularity in the hormonal cycles and this can lead to a number of conditions- another reason to get an annual vaginal examination.

4. Does it smell differently at different times?

It usually smells differently for every woman and even that unique smell changes with the cycles of ovulation and menstruation due to changes in the pH level of the vagina. The normal vaginal pH value is between 3.8 and 4.6. Before menstruation, it may smell acidic followed by a bitter smell for a few days after menstruation. It may also smell differently after a workout (due to sweat) or after sex (due to lubrication). However, a foul smell accompanied by discharge, might be a cause for concern.

5. Why does it feel dry sometimes?

Vaginal dryness is normally experienced by women after the age of 45 or after pregnancy. However, dryness is also common just before menstruation. It also happens in women who use anti-allergy medications or birth control pills because they cause dryness in all the mucous membranes of the body.

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Sexual Dysfunction - Know The Problem!

Dr. Ritesh Chawla 93% (1129 ratings)
B.A.M.S, M.D In Ayurvedic Medicine
Ayurveda, Amritsar
Sexual Dysfunction - Know The Problem!

Erectile dysfunction is referred to as the inability of getting or achieving an erection that is firm enough to help you have a sexual intercourse. It is also referred to as impotence. Occasional erectile dysfunction is quite common and one may experience it at times of stress though frequented can be a sign of a serious health issue that requires clinical evaluation. It can also be a sign of emotional or relationship problems that need to be addressed by an expert when you are not able to handle them.

Types -
In the case of males, there are four different types of sexual dysfunctions, including erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, inhibited ejaculation and low sex drive. In the case of women, vaginal dryness, lack of sexual drive and painful intercourse are regarded as sexual dysfunction.

Causes -
Erection problems inevitably lead to considerable emotional as well as psychological reactions in most men, which are often described as a pattern of stress and anxiety. These further complicate the normal sexual function. In the case of aged men, sexual dysfunction is caused due to depression or other psychological complexes like widower syndrome. There are some physical causes behind sexual dysfunction, including stress, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol levels and prostate cancer. Besides, certain respiratory and systemic ailments also contribute to sexual dysfunction.

Symptoms -
A family doctor is a good thing to start with if you are experiencing problems in getting an erection or keeping it or you feel a reduced sexual drive. Other symptoms of sexual dysfunction in men include premature ejaculation or excessively delayed ejaculation or no ejaculation at all. In the case of females, sexual hazards lead to a lack of sexual drive and vaginal dryness which in turn lead to painwhile having intercourse.

Treatments -
Sexual dysfunction is a hazard only if it intervenes with your daily sexual activities. As female sexual problems incorporate various symptoms and causes, the treatment varies to a great extent. It is important to communicate the concerns with your partner and take the time out to understand the problem. You should refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol and be active physically. Even freehand exercise and yoga help in relieving stress so that you can be able to enjoy your lovemaking to the fullest possible extent.

If simple lifestyle changes don’t seem to help your condition, you shall have to seek medical aid where the expert can adjust your medication, optimize the treatment for anxiety or depression or recommend oestrogen or androgen therapies as per requirements.

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Bacterial Vaginosis - Preventive Measures That Can Be Of Help!

Dr. Ameya S Kanakiya 87% (10 ratings)
MBBS, DNB, DGO, CCGDM
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
Bacterial Vaginosis - Preventive Measures That Can Be Of Help!

Bacterial vaginosis is a condition which is characterized by an infection in the vagina. The vagina consists of both good and bad bacteria which remain in a state of balance. Bacterial vaginosis occurs when the balance of bacteria in the vagina gets disrupted. The count of bad bacteria in the vagina tends to increase as compared to the count of good bacteria.

Causes-

It occurs when the balance of bacteria in the vagina is upset. There are certain factors that may make you prone to this disorder; some of them are:

  1. Douching: Douching is a process of cleaning the vagina with water or cleansing agents. This process leads to an imbalance in the amount of good and bad bacteria in the vagina.

  2. Multiple Sex Partners: Women who have multiple sex partners are at an increased risk of getting affected by bacterial vaginosis.

  3. Lack of Good Bacteria in the Vagina.

Symptoms-

The usual symptom of this disorder is a foul smelling vaginal discharge. The color of the discharge may be yellow or gray. The foul smell emanating from the vagina may intensify post coitus.

Treatment-

Given below are the treatments for this disorder –

  1. Clindamycin: Clindamycin is a cream that helps treat bacterial vaginosis.

  2. Metronidazole: This medication may be either administered orally or applied in the form of gel. It is advised to stay away from alcohol during the course of this treatment, as it reduces the efficacy.

  3. Tinidazole: This is an oral medication administered to treat bacterial vaginosis. Akin to metronidazole, it is advised to avoid alcohol during the course of this treatment.

  4. Certain vaginal washes might be prescribed by your doctor which will help maintain and restore the normal acidic pH of the vagina.

Preventive Measures-

Following certain tips can help prevent bacterial vaginosis.

  1. Avoid Douching: Douching can upset the balance of bacteria in the vagina; hence it is best to avoid it entirely.

  2. Avoid using soap: Using soap changes the pH of the vagina and hence disrupts the growth of good bacteria, leading to an increase in the bad bacteria. It is enough to clean the vaginal area with plain water. 

  3. Do not use scented toiletries: Using scented toiletries is not good for the vagina as it can disrupt the balance of bacteria in the vagina.

  4. Practice safe sex: Use protection while engaging in sexual intercourse to prevent STIs.

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How to Deal with Female Sexual Dysfunction?

Gautam Clinic Pvt Ltd 91% (7818 ratings)
Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad
How to Deal with Female Sexual Dysfunction?

How to Deal with Female Sexual Dysfunction?

Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD) can be caused by both physical (e.g. illness, medication, hormone imbalance, etc.) and psychological (e.g. history of abuse, beliefs, mood, body image, etc.) factors. However, the definition of FSD isn’t based on a set of pre-determined factors that compare your current situation to some sort of so-called ‘normal’ situation. FSD is based on how YOU feel and whether YOU think there’s a problem. If you are concerned about your sexuality, or are not satisfied with the level of pleasure (or lack thereof) you are experiencing, then FSD may be the cause.

Understand what Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD) means. FSD is only diagnosed if it is causing YOU significant distress about your sexuality. FSD can cause problems, or interfere, with a woman’s ability to respond sexually.

Know about the psychological causes of FSD. Formal diagnoses of FSD from a psychological perspective is based on the definitions provided in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is used by psychologists and psychiatrists in Canada and the United States. There are three types of FSD as per this manual:

  • Female Orgasmic Disorder (also known as anorgasmia) is when a woman has trouble experiencing an orgasm, or she is able to experience an orgasm, but it’s not as strong as it use to be.
  • Female Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder is when a woman has significantly reduced interest in sex, or is unable to be aroused. This can include having no interest in having sex, not experiencing any erotic thoughts or sexual fantasies, and the inability to become aroused from stimulation. Sometimes this, the most common kind of female sexual dysfunction by far, is also known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder or inhibited sexual desire disorder.
  • Gentio-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorder is when a woman has pain or anxiety with vaginal penetration. Depending on the specifics, this is also known as vaginismus(involuntary muscle spasms in the vagina that can be caused by scars, injuries, irritations or infections) or dyspareunia (pain during or after intercourse that can be caused by vaginal dryness, medications or hormonal changes) or vulvodynia (pain in the vulva). The specific name of the issue is based on the cause of the pain, as opposed to the fact that you have pain. There are physical therapists who specialize in helping women with these issues. Muscle relaxants and topical analgesics can also help.
  • These psychological problems can be caused by untreated anxiety or depression, or a history of sexual abuse. They can also be caused by: ongoing (sometimes internalized) issues you have with your partner. stress associated with work for family responsibilities; concern about your sexual performance; unresolved sexual orientation issues; and body image and self-esteem issues.

Review the physical or medical causes of FSD. There are many physical and medical reasons why you may experience FSD, they include:

  • Medical conditions including cancer, kidney failure, multiple sclerosis, heart disease and bladder problems. You won’t discover you have one of these issues because you experience FSD. Rather one of these issues that you already have may be the cause of your FSD.
  • Medications such as antidepressants, blood pressure medications, antihistamines and chemotherapy drugs can decrease sexual desire and the ability to have an orgasm. Depression itself can also cause sexual dysfunction. Oral contraceptives are also known to decrease sexual desire.
  • Hormonal changes that occur after you’ve given birth and while your breastfeeding, and after you’ve gone through menopause, can decrease sexual desire. These changes also cause physical changes to your genital tissues that may reduce the overall sensation in that area and cause vaginal dryness.

Realize what FSD is not. FSD is not any and every problem with a woman’s sexuality, and there is no ‘normal’ for women to measure themselves against. Normal is what you want it to be and are comfortable with. 

  • Not being able to orgasm during intercourse, but requiring clitoral stimulation to orgasm, is not FSD. This is actually quite common among many women.
  • Simply not being interested in having sex, or being unable to become aroused by a partner, is not FSD. There are a large number of reasons why sex may not be welcomed, including: ongoing stress; tiredness; a new baby; headaches; etc.

 

 

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Male And Female Masturbation - Myths & Facts About It!

Dr. Keyur Parmar 93% (119 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Bhavnagar
Male And Female Masturbation - Myths & Facts About It!

Masturbation is very common and most people indulge in it at some stage or the other in their lives. With online content becoming the main research material, there are lots of myths about masturbation in both men and women. Read on to know some of the common myths and facts about this in males and females.

Myth vs. Fact #1: The common myth is that men who masturbate regularly will have erectile dysfunction. The reality is that the body gets used to certain types of touch, like your own hand or vibrations, and therefore achieving pleasure with a partner may require slight practice and time. It, however, does not cause erectile dysfunction per se. It is a common belief that people who masturbate are sexually exhausted and would not be able to perform when actually with a partner. This is not true, for as long as the person is stimulated and desires sex, they can indulge in it with no cap on the number of instances that a person can be involved in the act.

Myth vs. Fact #2: Indulging in masturbation is an abnormal part of sexual growth. Though most would not admit it, there are anonymous studies which reveal a large number of people (about 70% of the boys and 60% of the girls) in the age group of 15 to 18 indulge in masturbation. This indicates that it is a very normal part of growing up. Children should be educated that it is normal to touch and explore the genitals, but should know the limitations.

Myth vs. Fact #3: People in relationships do not masturbate. Whether single or in a relationship, people masturbate, and this does not mean they are unhappy in their relationships. Depending on the levels of sexual desire and stimulation, some would indulge in masturbation despite being in a healthy relationship with a partner. Some people could indulge in the act together, which also has benefits like avoiding pregnancy.

Myth vs. Fact #4: Masturbation has no good effects. Just as sex acts as a good stress buster, masturbation does too. The good health benefits of masturbation include better sleep, reduced levels of stress and tension, improved concentration, reduced headaches, increased self-esteem, and an overall happy being. In women, this also helps improve vaginal dryness, which is a major cause of painful vaginal sex.

Myth vs. Fact #5: Masturbation has emotional side effects. Over indulgence surely can affect work, school, or social life, but it is not true for everybody. If that is the case, the person requires counselling. Else, it is a part of normal growing up and does not cause any physical or mental problems. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Sexologist.

Myth vs, Fact #6: Masturbation causes weaknesses and losses of minerals and vitamins by the means of loss of semen. But it is completely false as semen masturbation does not cause any harm to the body, penis, sexual organs or your mind and is a completely normal and safe practice. Basically semen production occurs in our body 24x7x365 days and humans don't have storage organ for semen. So, it has to come out either of 3 ways, via masturbation or intercourse or night fall. There are no losses of vitamins or minerals in this activity.

Itchy Penis Prevention - Keeping Thrush at Bay!

Dr. Vinod Raina 89% (5997 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Itchy Penis Prevention - Keeping Thrush at Bay!

Itchy Penis Prevention: Keeping Thrush at Bay

An itchy penis can strike a guy at any time and any place - and can be caused by any number of things. One of the more irritating causes is commonly called thrush - a yeast infection, the proper name of which is candidiasis. Practicing proper penis care can help decrease the chance of infection, which is certainly advisable.

Thrush

Yeast infections are much more common in women than in men, but men sometimes do acquire them as well. And while thrush often occurs on the penis and surrounding areas and can be transmitted from one partner to another, it is not classified as a sexually transmitted infection. That's essentially because there are other ways for men to contract candidiasis.

It also isn't always found on the genitals. Thrush can show up in other places, including the mouth.

Causes

Candidiasis is caused by a yeast fungus called candida. This is a commonly-occurring fungus that all bodies have. It's only when the quantity of the fungus gets out of hand that it causes an itchy penis or other issues.

Thrush can be passed on from one partner to the other through sexual contact, although this doesn't happen as often as might be expected. Other common causes of thrush include:

- Use of antibiotics. Antibiotics help to keep infection under control by killing bacteria, but they kill both good and bad bacteria. When the good bacteria are decreased, candida may take advantage of the opportunity to thrive and grow.

- Immune system issues. Similarly, when the immune system is negatively impacted, the conditions become better for candida to gain in numbers.

- Diabetes. High blood sugar helps candida to breed, so uncontrolled diabetes can be a factor.

- Improper hygiene. A penis that is not kept properly washed is much more likely to accommodate thrush. That means both those that are not kept clean as well as those that are cleaned with harsh soaps or cleansers are more susceptible. In the latter case, the improper cleanser causes irritated skin, which is a better environment for fungal infections.

Prevention

There are numerous simple steps that a man can take to make his tool less likely to develop candidiasis. For example:

- Use a condom. When thrush is sexually transmitted, it is usually when a man has been engaging in sex without a condom. The rubber helps to prevent the transfer of yeast to the man's member.

- Watch the blood sugar. Maintaining blood sugar at an appropriate level makes the infection less likely to occur.

- Keep the immune system up. Eating healthily, exercising regularly and getting sufficient sleep can help strengthen the immune system, making one less susceptible to thrush.

- Don't get too rough. Irritated penis skin is a target for thrush. Sometimes guys get a little too rough when masturbating, and that excess friction can cause irritation. Keep the strokes steady and exciting but don't lose all control.

- Practice proper hygiene. As mentioned above, a clean tool is less likely to attract thrush and the subsequent itchy penis. Guys should wash their members after having sex, even if they wear a condom, just to be safe. (This is in addition to regular washing, of course.) As mentioned above, it's crucial that the cleanser used is not too harsh and does not contain chemicals or perfumes that are likely to irritate the skin. Don't stop there, however. Keeping the equipment healthy can be accomplished by regular use of a quality penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil). Look for one that includes a combination of a high-end emollient (such as Shea butter) and a natural hydrator (vitamin E is good), which can help to smooth and alleviate common skin irritation as well as itchiness. The crème should also contain vitamin B5, which aids in life sustenance and healthy penile cell metabolism. Used regularly, the right crème can do wonders for the itchy penis problem caused by thrush.

 

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How To Treat Vaginal Vault Prolapse?

Dr. Tejaswi Kamble Kamble 91% (10 ratings)
MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
How To Treat Vaginal Vault Prolapse?

Vaginal Vault Prolapse is the condition where the upper portion of vagina may lose its normal shape and drop or sag down into the vaginal canal or maybe even outside the vagina. This may occur after a hysterectomy or even simultaneously with uterine prolapse.

The treatment of Vaginal Vault Prolapse varies with the severity and extremity of your symptoms. Your healthcare provider may suggest medications and physical therapy to treat your condition, if you feel that the prolapse is not bothersome. However, you might have to undergo surgery later if your symptoms worsen and the prolapse affects your quality of life and hinders functional ability.  You must keep in mind that usually more than one area is affected by weakness in your pelvic floor. 

The symptoms of Vaginal Vault Prolapse include, backache, pelvic heaviness, bulging mass into or sometimes outside your vagina that hinders normal activities such as walking and sitting, vaginal bleeding and releasing urine involuntarily. 

Treatments:

  1. Medication: Most of the women with this condition usually go through menopause around the same time. Since the estrogen levels are severely lowered during menopause, it causes vaginal dryness. Discussing about estrogen therapy with your healthcare provider is a must if you wish to remedy your vaginal dryness. Not every woman should take estrogen so it is imperative to talk to a medical expert first. Usually women are treated with estrogens before they go into surgery.
  2. Physical therapy: Most healthcare experts recommend pelvic floor exercises as physical therapy using biofeedback so as to strengthen the specific muscles of your pelvic floor. Biofeedback is the usage of monitoring devices that contain sensors and are placed either in your rectum, vagina or on your skin. Biofeedback is very important because it tells you the strength of each muscle you are squeezing i.e. contractions, and if you are squeezing the right muscles in order to perform the exercise correctly. Long term usage of biofeedback in physical therapy leads to strengthening of your muscles and a reduction in your symptoms. 
  3. Surgery: Corrective surgery may be performed on you by the surgeon either through the abdomen or vagina. If the surgeon is performing the corrective surgery through the vagina, he will use the ligaments, which support the uterus to solve the problem.

Bacterial Vaginosis - How To Treat It?

Dr. Asha Khatri 88% (4249 ratings)
MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
Bacterial Vaginosis - How To Treat It?

What is Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial Vaginosis is an infection that occurs in and around the female genitalia. It does not usually pose a major health threat and is a mild infection that can be controlled and cured with timely medical intervention. Although it is believed to be sexually transmitted, it can also affect women who are not sexually active.

Bacterial Vaginosis can however, be dangerous for women who are pregnant and are near to their delivery date. It can cause severe uterine infection and increases the chance of miscarriage.

In some cases, pelvic surgeries, which include caesarean, hysterectomy, abortion or other abdominal surgery, bacterial vaginosis can be contracted during the surgical procedure. This can further complicate the condition of the patient.

Bacterial Vaginosis is a common complaint among women who have physically reached the child bearing age and symptoms of this physical problem can become prominent at any time of the menstrual cycle.

Causes of Bacterial Vaginosis

  1. Unhygienic washrooms

  2. Dirty, unwashed underwear

  3. Multiple sexual partners

  4. Change in the vaginal pH, causing the reduction in the protective acidic secretion that prevents the growth of other harmful bacteria

  5. It can also arise from the placement of Intrauterine device (IUD), a contraceptive device placed to prevent the eggs released by the ovaries, from reaching the uterus.

Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis

  1. The most common sign of bacterial vaginosis is a foul smelling vaginal discharge.

  2. The discharge increases after sexual activities.

  3. Discomfort during urination

  4. In some rare cases, there is itching and dryness

  5. In most cases, bacterial vaginosis does not reveal too many symptoms and does not even cause intense irritation.

Treatment

  1. Bacterial Vaginosis can be treated with antibiotics that are generally to be continued for a course of 7 days.

  2. Symptoms and discomfort of bacterial vaginosis generally recede within 2-3 days. However, it is recommended that the medicine should not be stopped even after the symptoms disappear.

  3. Only in rare cases, certain antibiotics may lead to a vaginal yeast infection. In case of redness, inflammation, irritation and undesirable discharge, you must seek medical attention immediately.
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