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Fighting a Nasty Culprit: Yeast

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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.

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"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.
"The symptoms of a yeast infection vary greatly among individuals," says Dr. Gilberg-Lenz. "The classic symptoms -- thick, white and lumpy discharge; itching and burning -- do not appear for all women. The important sign is always vaginal discomfort that develops out of the blue. If you are unsure, especially if you've never had a yeast infection, check with your doctor to make sure your symptoms aren't actually the result of a sexually transmitted disease, bacterial infection or a combination of yeast and bacteria."

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Pam October 17, 2010, 1:19 PM

This is the STUPIDEST article I’ve ever read….thanks for the statistics telling us how stupid we are about our bodies but not sharing the important information to educate us.

Pam October 18, 2010, 4:51 AM

Way to go Suze. I just read this again hoping to find what should have been the real meat of the article and…..nothing. I have two daughters (18 and 22) and one gets yeast infections often. Lost my job and no health insurance. I’m one of the 38% that ‘mistakenly’ believes one needs a doctor to fix the problem. Did Monistat pay you to write this useless piece so we’d, I don’t know, go to their website and sign up for something? How about sharing with your fellow females the knowledge that such large percentages of us are lacking?

Kristen October 18, 2010, 5:53 AM

Pam has your daughter tried a good probiotic from a health food store? You should also consider yogurt BUT it should have NO sugar in it, because sugar feeds yeast. If that doesn’t do it then you could consider cutting out all sugar and starches from your diet. I had to do this for 3 months when I was nursing and my baby had thrush(yeast infection in the mouth).

Pam October 18, 2010, 8:11 AM

Thanks, Karen! After learning that I DON’T need a doctor’s prescription to cure a yeast infection and see that the information isn’t forthcoming from ML’s “expert” I did a search on the internet and found this to share as well:

Pam October 18, 2010, 9:00 AM

I mean Kristen…sorry!

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Have to admit that most of Momlogic’s articles are getting to be more like this. Great tease for the headline and then a short tell-nothing article to follow. Very disappointing. Momlogic - please get back to good, informative writing before you lose us!

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