The Best Treatment Options for Yeast Infections

If you’ve ever had a yeast infection, the intense discomfort it causes is much more than a distraction — it’s all-consuming in terms of making you want it gone ASAP. Nearly 75% of women will experience one in her lifetime, while nearly half of women will be plagued with multiple infections. 

Usually, your vagina exists with a healthy ratio of bacteria to yeast, but sometimes things get imbalanced, and when a type of bacteria called candida albicans grows unfettered, an infection results. 

Fortunately, Dr. Joseph Brooks offers safe, effective treatments for yeast infections that can bring you quick relief. He also offers guidance on things you can do to avoid future yeast infections. The Arizona Specialized Gynecology team, as always, provides expertly rendered, yet warmly delivered care at our comfortable office, no matter what prompts your visit.

The fine balance of the vaginal pH level

Your vagina’s normal acidity level, or its pH, is moderately acidic. Measured on a scale from 0 to 14, a normal vaginal pH reading is somewhere between 3.8 and 4.5, or moderately acidic. 

However, what constitutes a “normal” pH level can vary slightly based on your stage of life. Right before your period and in your post-menopausal years, a normal level is often higher than 4.5 

The reason pH is important is because an acidic state is more protective for your vagina, and it prevents both fungus and bacteria from growing out of control.

Could I have a yeast infection?

There’s no mistaking it. You experience:

With a yeast infection, you can also find urinating and sexual intercourse painful. 

Factors that contribute to developing a yeast infection include douching, which causes a pH imbalance, taking oral contraceptives, wearing tight-fitting leggings or stockings, failing to change a tampon or sanitary pad often enough, and taking a course of antibiotics (these medications kill “good” bacteria). Pregnancy also ups your risk because your pH level becomes less acidic and more alkaline. 

You may be surprised to learn that yeast infections can be spread from one person to another through oral sex and intercourse, and even kissing can lead to oral thrush — a yeast infection inside your mouth. 

If you live with diabetes, be careful too, because high blood glucose levels mean that more sugar is in your body to feed yeast, so you have a greater chance of developing an infection.

How to discourage a yeast infection from developing

When you visit Arizona Specialized Gynecology with a suspected yeast infection, Dr. Brooks talks to you about steps you can take to curb them, which include:

The key is to keep your vaginal area clean and dry. 

What treatments are available for vaginal yeast infections?

Though over-the-counter treatments are sold for vaginal yeast infections, it’s essential to run your symptoms by Dr. Brooks, because symptoms of other conditions can mimic those of a yeast infection. Therefore, if you buy a yeast infection treatment, but don’t ultimately have one, the treatment is wasted, and you’re still left with an undiagnosed problem. 

Dr. Brooks determines which treatment he recommends depending on your individual case and symptom severity. He offers topical creams for some infections, while oral medications are more appropriate for others. Whatever treatment you receive, it’s all about normalizing that all-important vaginal pH level by upping your levels of good bacteria. 

Don’t allow the highly unpleasant symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection to sideline you. Book an appointment at Arizona Specialized Gynecology by calling our office or using our convenient online booking tool. We remain safe for in-person visits because we are heeding all COVID-19 recommended safety measures.  

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