If you get a yeast infection once, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll get it again. However, to help prevent recurrence you may need to make some simple changes to your lifestyle. For example, you should avoid using deodorants and heavily perfumed products around your intimate area and make sure to change your underwear after working out. Click here for more top tips on preventing a vaginal yeast infection.
You can easily and effectively treat a vaginal yeast infection at home with Canesten® treatments, available without a prescription. You can also try a combination treatment to cure the internal infection and relieve the external symptoms.
A VYI is not a sexually transmitted infection; however if you are having sex with the same person (male or female) you can pass it back and forth as men can get a yeast infection too. If your male partner has a yeast infection he should see a doctor for treatment.
Not necessarily. Everyone is different, so it varies from person to person; however, about one in three women who take antibiotics get a VYI. Antibiotics lower the levels of the good bacteria in your vagina which provides an opportunity for the fungus Candida albicans to increase, which can then develop into a vaginal yeast infection.
All of our VYI treatments are effective at treating your infection. As some people prefer different types of applications, however, we’ve developed a range of applications ranging from a pill you swallow to a ComforTab® to an internal cream so everyone can find a treatment they’re comfortable with. Click here to see our full range of products.
The common vaginal yeast infection is a type of vaginosis — an inflammation of your vagina. Both fungus and bacteria naturally live in your vagina, but when the fungus Candida albicans increases, it can cause an infection. This fungus may increase when your immune system is weak or when good bacteria (called lactobacilli) can’t keep the fungus under control. Learn more here.
BV is actually the most common cause of vaginal infections in women of reproductive age. It’s generally caused by an imbalance in the pH of your vagina. If you think you have BV and you are pregnant, talk to your doctor about treatment. Click here to find out more about BV.
A fishy odour is a common symptom of BV, but unfortunately washing can actually contribute to the smell rather than get rid of it. This is because washing with regular soaps or shower gels and vaginal douching can change the pH balance of your vagina, leading to a BV infection and the odour.
If you’ve been diagnosed by your doctor and you know you have BV, you can use an internal gel such as CanesBalance® that will help to relieve the symptoms of your infection. CanesBalance® BV Gel is a seven-day treatment that helps regulate the pH balance of your vagina in order to treat the symptoms of your infection. For more details about CanesBalance®, click here.
A burning or stinging sensation when you urinate can be a symptom of cystitis, but there are other symptoms you should look for too, like a frequent need to urinate or feeling that you can’t fully empty your bladder. However, if you have dark, cloudy or strong-smelling urine, or if there is blood in your urine, it could be a sign of a more severe infection. Visit your doctor if you’re unsure about whether you have cystitis or not. Click here to learn about other cystitis symptoms.
The terms UTI and cystitis are often used interchangeably; however, they’re not the same thing — UTIs are a type of cystitis but you can get cystitis that is not specifically a UTI. This is because cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder, including both bacterial cystitis and non-infectious cystitis. Non-infectious or non-bacterial cystitis can be caused by damage or irritation to your bladder, which can be due to vigorous sexual intercourse, chemicals or perfumed soaps, hormonal changes, dehydration, diabetes or using a catheter. As the name suggests, UTIs are bacterial infections and only fall under the category of bacterial cystitis.
If this is the first time you have had cystitis, you should visit a doctor to seek the appropriate treatment for your infection. The doctor might recommend a short course of antibiotics to treat the condition, but the cystitis may improve without the need for antibiotics. Products containing sodium citrate help reduce the acidity of your urine, making urination more comfortable so your body can deal with the irritation or infection.
With less estrogen in your body due to menopause, you’re more likely to experience vaginal dryness. That’s because a decrease in estrogen causes your vaginal walls to become thinner and means you’ll naturally produce less lubricant in your cervix. Learn more about menopause here.
Yes, vaginal dryness occurs in women at any age, including before menopause. This may be because of different medications you’re taking or because you’re not aroused or having enough foreplay before sex (though vaginal dryness can affect you during your day-to-day life, not just during sex). You can learn more about other causes here.
Vaginal dryness doesn’t have to hinder your daily life at any age, and there are steps you can take to help prevent it. Avoid using deodorants and heavily perfumed products in and around your intimate area, and use lubricant during sex. Click here for more top tips on prevention.