Candida: an infections that affects 70-75% of females during their reproductive life!

Updated: Oct 23, 2018

Today I would like to talk about a very common condition called vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) that usually cause vaginal discharge and discomfort in women, especially during pregnancy:.

Candida albicans is the most common cause of vulvovaginal symptoms; it is responsible for 80-92% of all cases.

You may be more susceptible to Candida infection during pregnancy due to hormonal changes.

Candida infection can present with only one, few or all of the following symptoms:

· White, thick cottage-cheese like discharge

· Vulval pruritius, soreness and irritation

· Dysuria (painful or difficult urintation)

· Dyspaurenia (painful sexual intercourse)

It might resolve by itself but if you need any treatment you can attend your local pharmacy, GP, your midwife or a sexual health clinic.

Are you aware that your personal hygine measure can help reduce symptoms and recurrence?

If you have Candida you should avoid:

· Using soap or shower gels, wipes and “feminine hygiene” products to clean the vulva area (including bubble bath and bath bomb. Yes, they are lovely but not very good for your vagina! )

· Cleaning the vulva area more than once a day (for once, over washing it is not needed)

· Using biological washing powder and fabric conditioners for washing underwear (they do smell lovely but can increase itchiness and discomfort

· Wearing tight-fitting and/o non-absorbent clothing (if you attend the gym with yout tight clothes just try to get change asap)

You can:

· Wear cotton underwear

· Use soap substitute externally to clean the vulval area (aqueous cream )

· Dry the affected area properly after washing

Let's use these simple advices to make our vagina happy!

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