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Understanding what causes recurring yeast infections

Yeast infections are caused by yeast that is naturally present on the skin at the opening of the vagina. Just like there is a Plant and Animal Kingdom, there is the Fungi Kingdom meaning yeast naturally occurs in many places. The trick is keeping it from growing in places where it causes problems like in the vagina (learn more).

Causes of recurring yeast infection

The micro-flora of the vagina consists of good bacteria known as lactobacilli, as well as bad bacteria. When the vagina is healthy, the lactobacilli secrete lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide and other peroxides which keep the bad bacteria in check, and protect the vaginal tissues from harmful organisms like yeast (read more).

However if there is a disruption in the vaginal environment, it can lead to an overgrowth of bad bacteria. The resulting secretions can create a vaginal milieu that is conducive to the growth of yeast, producing symptoms such dryness, swelling, redness, itching, burning, and urinary frequency.

Very often physicians treat the symptoms of the yeast infection, without dealing with the underlying micro-flora imbalance. As a result, the yeast infections may clear for a short time, but subsequently reoccur.

Treatment

At Fowler Gyn International (FGI) in Paradise Valley, AZ, they employ a systematic approach to correct recurring yeast infections. They start out by doing a comprehensive analysis of the vaginal fluids, to determine vaginal health. Dr. Fowler will then formulate a customized treatment protocol, based on the findings of the vaginal fluids test.

Understanding what causes recurring yeast infections is the only way to get the relief you need. When the specific causes have been identified, a suitable treatment plan can be formulated. If you are bothered by persistent yeast infections, and can’t seem to figure out what’s causing them, you may want to give FGI a call at 480-420-4001, or go to fowlergyninternational.com/contact-us.

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