In a recent Gallup poll about vaginal infections, the poll asked women if they were familiar with the three most common and dangerous types of vaginal infections:
The women had heard of and were very familiar with yeast infections; a whopping 95% could describe them and knew some basic facts about them.
But only about one-third of the women knew about bacterial vaginosis and about 37% knew about Trichomonas infections. Yet these two can cause permanent health problems.
There is much education that is needed to teach women about vaginal infections!
The sooner this can occur, the better women’s overall health could become.
Bacterial vaginosis is the most common, and many women don’t even have a clue about it. Bacterial vaginosis is found in those that have sex, those that don’t and even in virgins. You may be wondering how a woman could be a virgin and still get an infection.
The answer is that if her diet is wrong and she’s eating a lot of processed foods and sugary foods, these foods change the pH of the vaginal secretions. Before too long, the good bacteria of the vaginal flora are killed off, and the disease-causing bacteria start to grow in number. The woman feels irritation and the vaginal discharge becomes grayish and starts to smell fishy. Stress can cause similar changes; and high amounts of stress can actually cause a re-occurrence of bacterial vaginosis in women that have already had it before.
Bacterial vaginosis is not the type of infection we usually think about that is associated with the word infection, where an organism invades the tissue from the outside. In bacterial vaginosis, the infection comes from within because it’s an imbalance of the flora.
A yeast infection is the second most common vaginal infection. Yeast cells are part of the normal flora in the intestinal tract, the vagina and in the mouth. But when the pH of the vagina changes, it’s easy for an overgrowth of yeast cells to occur. The use of antibiotics, depressed immune system and diabetes can also cause an overgrowth as will some different toxicities such as mercury and possibly lead or arsenic.
In a yeast infection, the discharge is white, similar to the appearance of cottage cheese. There’s usually no odor but there may be a pretty intense itching sensation at the vagina.
The third most common vaginal infection is a Trichomonas vaginalis infection. This one is a sexually-transmitted disease and can open the door for Chlamydia and gonorrhea infections.
Research scientists find Trichomonas in 50-75% of prostitutes and anywhere from 5 to 15% in women that aren’t prostitutes.
This infection is much different from the other two infections because the discharge is yellowish and even can have a greenish, frothy type of appearance. Itching accompanies it and there is pain with intercourse.
Consequences of Untreated Vaginal Infections
It’s always important to obtain treatment for any type of infection!
Untreated infections become problematic in many ways. Microbes produce toxins and once the toxins accumulate in the blood, you can have low level (or high level) toxemia. This would result in symptoms of tiredness at the least.
Untreated bacterial vaginosis and trichomonas infection can cause problems if you are pregnant and affect your baby. It’s possible that they may also lead to pelvic inflammatory disease or cervical inflammation. Keep your female organs healthy!
Although many women use successful home remedies for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis, what’s important is that you obtain at least a diagnosis! It doesn’t make sense to use home remedies for a supposed infection when in reality you have a completely different type of infection.
Get a bacterial vaginosis diagnosis. You can always decide what to do afterwards.