Nearly all women will have a yeast infection at some time in their lives, yet more than half are unsure about how to treat one, says a new study by MONISTAT. Momlogic's own expert, Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, helped with the survey.
"I see many women who have unsuccessfully tried to treat their yeast infections," says Dr. Gilberg-Lenz. "One of the biggest mistakes I see my patients make is using external symptom-relief creams to treat a yeast infection. That does not cure the infection; it only temporarily masks or relieves symptoms."
The study, which surveyed women ages 18 to 24, found that:
- More than a third (37 percent) of women incorrectly believe that treating the symptoms of a yeast infection is the same as curing the infection.
- Thirty-eight percent mistakenly believe a yeast infection can only be cured by a doctor's prescription.
- The majority of women (60 percent) have been unsure whether or not their symptoms were those of a yeast infection.