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Treatment Options For Bacterial Vaginosis

May 08, 2010 - 1 comments
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There is no doubt to yeast infection sufferers that having one can certainly ruin one's day! Not only is there that burning itch and soreness that you must suffer through, but it is often accompanied by unpleasant discharge and an odor that you fear almost anyone can smell from a mile away. Don't mistake yeast infections as just being a woman's problem, either; almost anyone of any age can suffer from a yeast infection.

So just how does a yeast infection come about in the first place yeast infections are really a fungal overgrowth that happens on the skin or mucous membranes of the body. The fungus is always present, along with other microorganisms, such as bacteria. Changes to our bodily environment can cause an imbalance of the fungus and other microorganisms, which results in a yeast infection. Some things which may cause this imbalance to happen are the use of antibiotics and steroids, hormonal and chemical changes (natural or unnatural, such as contraceptives), diabetes and other illnesses that cause us to have a lowered immunity.

How you can go about treating your yeast infection is up to you. After visiting a physician and having your yeast infection diagnosed as such, you will most likely discuss the following three treatment options antifungal creams and ointments, vaginal tablets (for vaginal yeast infections only, of course) and oral medications. The antifungal creams are very popular - you are probably familiar with such brands as Monistat and Canesten. Vaginal tablets are a preferred choice for women, since they prove to be less messy and troublesome as antifungal creams. Oral pills (Diflucan) are also a common choice.

For those who are more interested in natural remedies, there are several products available to you - some that you can pick up from your grocery store! The most highly recommended natural treatment for yeast infection is to consume anything that has probiotics in it. Though probiotics come in a pill form, you can also pick up a natural yogurt that has active cultures in it. This is useful for oral yeast infections too; many sufferers will hold the yogurt in their mouth for a good 30 to 60 seconds and continue the process until the yogurt is all gone.

The next item you can pick up from your grocery store is garlic. Garlic, a natural antibiotic, can be either taken orally or, for those with a vaginal yeast infection, a clove can be inserted into the vagina every few hours.

Boric acid is a popular natural remedy, and it has proven to be as effective of many medical products that your doctor may prescribe to you.

Above are only some of the many treatment options available to you to cure your yeast infection. Be sure to consult your doctor before starting any treatment regime.



How to Naturally Eliminate Candida Albicans

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Whether you like it or not, our bodies harbor many types of bacteria naturally. Candida Albicans is one of these bacterias. Like most bacterias, our bodies maintain a balance naturally between the good and the bad. There are times however, when the balance can tip and the amount of Candida Albicans is too much for our bodies to handle. This will be exhibited in yeast infections, which can be very painful and create burning and itching sensations, as well as white cottage cheese looking vaginal discharge. You can prevent the occurrence of these yeast infections by naturally eliminating the amount of Candida Albicans.

Step 1 A Yogurt A Day
The live cultures such as acidophilus and probiotics that are present in yogurt can keep Candida Albicans levels in balance. These cultures maintain a healthy balance between the good and bad bacteria in your body. Choosing yogurts that contain these live cultures and eating one yogurt a day can prevent yeast infections.

Step 2 – Eliminate Sugar
Sugar works with Candida Albicans and can contribute to its overgrowth in the body. Thus, if you eliminate excess sugar from your diet you can help prevent yeast infections because the Candida Albicans food source is cut off. This would include soda pop, candy, sweets, and anything else that contains a lot of processed sugar.

Step 3 – Drink Plenty of Water
You’ve probably heard this advice before in regards to other health issues. But drinking plenty of water can help flush out excess Candida Albicans that are present in the bladder, urinary tract, and vagina. If you are dehydrated this bacteria will remain present in the body longer, which also gives the bacteria more time to grow and multiply. Consuming 8 10 glasses of water every day will keep your system flushed. Cranberry juice is also an excellent drink to help prevent yeast infections.

Step 4 – Boric Acid
Boric Acid can also help prevent yeast infections due to Candida Albicans. You can find boric acid suppositories in your local pharmacy or drug store. By inserting these into the vagina before bed time, the boric acid can help combat the bacteria. Repeat this for at least five nights and you should see a difference. If you are pregnant, do not try this method, and never take boric acid orally.

Step 5 – Douche Regularly
Douching regularly with a vinegar and water rinse will help keep Candida Albicans levels in the vagina at a healthy balance. Mix one cup of vinegar per every gallon of water. Douche with this mixture daily for a week and your levels should be restored to a healthy level.

These easy steps will help naturally eliminate Candida Albicans from the body and help prevent yeast infections. So, make sure that you eat plain yogurt cultures, eliminate sugar, drink plenty of water, use boric acid and douche regularly with apple cider vinegar and water rinse. By doing this, you can avoid the nasty and unpleasant symptoms of yeast infections that affect trillions of ladies each year.

A Step-By-Step Plan to a Healthy Pregnancy

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Having a baby is an exciting moment. However, the nine months leading up to the experience can be a bit unnerving. Most women worry throughout their pregnancy about the health of their baby. To alleviate the stress and worry that often creep up during pregnancy, plan instead to have a healthy pregnancy and you can rest assured that you have done your very best to have a healthy baby.

1. Get in Shape Early. When you find out that you're pregnant is not the time to start a new diet or exercise program. If you are planning to become pregnant, make sure you are at a healthy weight and in the best physical activity. Doing this will help you during your pregnancy and can help you to have a problem-free delivery. If your pregnancy is unexpected and you aren't in the best shape possible, don't worry about it. It is possible to have a healthy baby while limiting the amount of excess weight that you gain. Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables will give your baby the nourishment it needs while helping you to limit the amount of weight you gain.

2. Your Baby is What You Eat. Your baby depends on the lifeline that you and they share to grow properly. Following a diet that includes all the major food groups is probably the simplest approach to a healthy diet. You may discover your appetite changing during the course of your pregnancy. This is common and shouldn't alarm you if you have unusual food cravings. It is quite acceptable to enjoy "bad" food once in a while, as long as you limit how frequently you indulge in these foods. Since some nutrients aren't abundant in most foods, doctors often recommend that pregnant women begin taking vitamin formulas designed specifically for them.

3. Exercise regularly. While a rigorous exercise program is unsuitable when you are pregnant, it is a good idea to try and get some exercise every day. Many women are nervous about doing anything that may harm their baby. Walking on a daily basis is beneficial for your health as well as for your baby. Before you begin any exercise program, you should first discuss your plans with your doctor.

4. Avoid the big no-nos. If you follow only one step in this plan for a healthy pregnancy, avoid the big no-nos: don't drink, smoke, or take drugs (this includes medications that your doctor has not approved). There are many debates about how these habits can affect your baby. The very fact that it is slightly possible to cause injury to your baby should be enough for you to avoid indulging in any of them during your pregnancy. The use of caffeine during pregnancy is debatable. You should discuss this with your doctor if you normally consume coffee, tea, or soda on a regular basis.

5. Pamper Yourself. Pregnancy is a special time and people will treat you with more attention. You should relish in this time because soon things will return to normal! Don't forget to give yourself special attention. Remember, if you're stressed your baby will feel stressed too. One of the most important things you can do to pamper yourself is to get sufficient rest. If before you were pregnant you spent days burning the midnight oil, you need to make sure you have this habit licked before you become pregnant.


5 Pregnancy Complications That You Need To Know

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Occasionally a perfectly fit, healthy woman can have something go wrong with little or no warning. Because there are uncertainties and risks associated with any pregnancy, the importance of antenatal care cannot be overstated. If you suspect that you might have a problem, such as the ones that are addressed below dont hesitate to phone your doctor or midwife right away.

Vaginal Bleeding
One of the most common problems in pregnancy, vaginal bleeding can be the most alarming. When bleeding occurs, the cause must be found promptly. Your doctor or midwife may ask questions or run special tests. Most of the time, bleeding stops and the baby is carried to term without further problems. However, occasionally bleeding is a sign of a serious problem such as miscarriage. Dont delay if you experience any bleeding during pregnancy. Your health and that of your baby can depend on prompt diagnosis and treatment.

Pregnancy Induced Hypertension
With each antenatal appointment, your blood pressure will be checked. In about 7 out of every 100 women, pregnancy causes hypertension. This often occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy. Pregnancy induced hypertension can be harmful to both baby and mother if not treated. In mild cases, rest can bring blood pressure back to normal levels. However, sometimes if the hypertension is not responding to medical treatment, a baby will have to be delivered pre-term to prevent a complication called eclampsia where the mother experiences seizures and severe muscle contractions. In rare cases, this can be fatal. Make sure to call your midwife or doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms that could signal pregnancy-induced hypertension:
Severe headache
Swelling of the face or hands
Severe pain in the upper right part of the abdomen
Blurred vision
Sudden, pronounced weight gain

Gestational Diabetes
Like pregnancy-induced hypertension, diabetes can also develop during pregnancy in some women. It is caused by hormones made by the placenta that alter the way insulin works. Often, a pregnant woman has no symptoms of gestational diabetes, and this is why you will be asked to provide a urine sample with each antenatal visit. Your urine will be tested for the presence of glucose. The major complication associated with gestational diabetes is macrosomia. Babies with macrosomia are overly large, often too large to fit safely through the birth canal. Overly large babies also often have jaundice, breathing problems, and low glucose levels.

Pre-term Birth
Pre-term labor (labor that starts before the end of the 37th week) can lead to pre-term birth. Approximately 1 in 10 babies born in Great Britain are born pre-term. The earlier that a baby is born, the greater the risk of a problem. While pre-term labor can happen to any woman, there are several factors that are linked to this pregnancy complication such as:
Defects in the uterus or cervix
Infection in the mother
Bleeding during the second trimester of pregnancy
Problems with the placenta such as placenta previa
Premature rupture of membranes
Hypertension

If pre-term labor is diagnosed early, often birth can be postponed. This gives your baby extra time to mature. Make sure to call your midwife or doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms that could signal pre-term labor:
Change in vaginal discharge (especially if its watery or bloody)
Pelvic or abdominal pressure
Constant backache
Abdominal cramping or contractions
Ruptured membranes (your water breaks)

Postdate Pregnancy
Approximately 10% of babies are not born by the 42nd week of pregnancy. This is not a problem for the vast number of these babies who are born between the 42nd and 44th weeks. However, as a pregnancy moves past 42 weeks, a baby has a higher risk of developing:
Meconium aspiration (inhaling the greenish waste that is emptied from the bowels into the amniotic fluid)
Macrosomia (growing too large to be delivered vaginally)
Dysmaturity syndrome (born malnourished with thin wrinkled skin, long fingernails, and lots of hair)

As you approach your due date, your doctor or midwife will begin closely monitoring the well-being of your baby and the condition of the placenta. If the baby seems to be active and the amniotic fluid appears normal, most likely you will have to wait for labor to begin on its own. If there is any chance of risk to your baby, your labor may be induced with a drug called oxytocin that causes uterine contractions.