Almost 75% of women* may be affected by vaginal mycosis, or vulvar mycosis, at least once during their lifetime. And almost one in two experience it several times. Does it affect you? We can help you avoid this vaginal infection!
What is vaginal mycosis?
It is a very common vaginal infection in women. It is caused by a microscopic fungus – usually Candida albicans.
What are the symptoms of vaginal mycosis?
Vaginal mycosis can be diagnosed by symptoms such as redness and significant vulvar itching, often accompanied by thick vaginal discharge.
What causes vaginal mycosis?
Like all “open areas” of the body, the vagina contains protective micro-organisms – the bacterial ecosystem known as the vaginal flora. All these bacteria live in “harmony” as long as no external factor disturbs this fragile balance. Otherwise,the fungus belonging to the Candida family – which, under normal conditions, is found in small quantities in the vagina of all women – could proliferate. This can lead to vaginal mycosis.
What are the main risk factors?
- Inappropriate or excessive personal hygiene
- Taking antibiotics
How can you treat this infection?
Treatment is based on the use of an antifungal intravaginal ovule combined with antifungal cream (since mycosis can affect both the vagina and vulva, this prevents recurrence). Only your doctor will be able to prescribe the required treatment for you.
What procedures are recommended in addition to treatment for vulvar mycosis?
Using an intimate hygiene product (with a slightly alkaline pH) in the morning and/or evening is recommended.
What daily routines can help prevent this infection?
Use hygiene products suitable for daily use in the intimate area. These should be soap-free and should contain a soothing active substance. You can also take a course of vaginal probiotics, which will help you to restore the balance of your vaginal flora.
*It is estimated that 3 in 4 women in France will present at least one episode of candidosal vulvovaginitis during their lifetime.
Source?: Cravello L., La Revue du Praticien 2001 ; 51 : 2255-61