These are problems that occur in the vagina (a
part of the female reproductive system connected to the cervix).
What to look for
your vulva is swollen and itchy.
you have white areas on your vulva.
there is more vaginal discharge than
normal, it smells, burns or itches.
The vagina is like a channel which connects
the cervix to the outside area called the vulva. It generates mucus and secretions
automatically. It does not need our help to clean it, the secretions flow down along with
other dead cells and substances. Discharge is normal and occurs in most women. It is
usually clear or white in colour.
Common problems which occur in the vagina
region are yeast infections, vaginitis (inflammation), bacterial vaginosis, sexually
transmitted diseases, abnormal discharge and vaginal infections.
Bacterial vaginosis commonly occurs in the
reproductive years. There may be a fishy-smelling discharge, but there may be no symptoms
at all. Ask your doctor to investigate this possibility during your pap smear.
produce cottage-cheese-like discharge. They are very common and most women have or will
experience them during their lifetime.
Vaginal infections are not serious usually;
sexually transmitted infections such as Gonorrhoea
and Chlamydia have been found to be associated with other complications.
Vaginal cancer, can be very serious and can
spread to other areas. See our entry on Cancer.
Stress may cause a
change in the vaginal bacteria which can create vaginitis.
Vaginal yeast infections are caused by the
Candida fungus. The use of antibiotics can make this infection
Conventional treatment is a must in
diagnosing possible vaginal problems.
You will need to be examined and your
doctor may prescribe the appropriate medications and/or antibiotics to treat the ailments.
The following are supplemental therapies
that, along with your physician's prescribed treatment, may ease your recovery.
Herbal Therapies - Eat
more fresh garlic as it has properties and may be
effective in treating vaginitis and vaginal yeast infections.
If itching or minor irritation is a symptom
of your vaginitis, bathe with an infusion of fresh chickweed
for relief. To reduce inflammation calendula
(Calendula officinalis) is often effective.
Homoeopathy - Certain
remedies aid certain types of vaginal discharges -
A smelly, yellow discharge with burning,
swelling, and soreness may be treated with Kreosotum;
A white or yellow discharge, for itching
and Sepia is recommended;
A thick, creamy yellow-green discharge Pulsatilla.
These problems can become serious so if the
treatment does not help, see your doctor.
You may need to avoid using tampons while
you have vaginal problems as this can exacerbate the condition. Also avoid sexual
intercourse while you have vaginitis or yeast infections.
Natural acidophilus yoghurt is brilliant for
ridding the vagina of yeast infections.
Always wipe from front to back to avoid
A good diet, plenty of filtered water, good
hygiene and adequate protection during intercourse will help your system avoid getting
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