Summer holidays - bad news for vaginal healthArticle
21. 08. 2020 Gynecology
Fun experiences, active rest, travel, swimming are all integral parts of a summer holiday. Unfortunately, with those come health complications, especially for women who suffer from vaginal candidiasis. How to prevent unwanted health problems and how to deal with them when they arise?
“Vaginal infections are usually caused by an overgrowth of microorganisms that occur naturally in the vagina. It is one of the most common health issues faced by women. In a very large number of cases, vaginal mycosis is caused by the yeast candida albicans. The infection tends to present itself as a very unpleasant and persistent itching of the intimate area, reddening of the skin of the external genitalia and is often accompanied by a thick white discharge, which may resemble cottage cheese with its lumpy consistency. These symptoms are sometimes also accompanied by a burning sensation when urinating (usually towards the end, when the urine comes into contact with the surrounding skin that’s been irritated by the infection), or swelling of the external genitalia,” explains Dr. Miroslav Verner, chief gynaecology specialist at Canadian Medical’s clinics.
Among the most vulnerable are pregnant women, patients who use hormonal contraception and patients with diabetes. Yeast thrives during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle when there’s higher levels of progesterone and oestrogen in the body, as well as in warm and humid weather. Choose cotton underwear, looser clothes and above all, don’t stay in your wet swimsuit for too long. Confectionaries, refined sugars, sweetened drinks all contribute to a unbalanced vaginal pH. Topical antifungals freely available in the pharmacy usually provide quick relief- whether in the form of vaginal creams (Jenamazol, Canesten, Clotrimazole), globules (Gyno-pervaryl), or solutions (Clogin, Rosalgin) with antifungal properties.