Written by Dr. Ruth Arumala
One of the most common reasons women visit my Gynecology practice is to evaluate and treat abnormal vaginal discharge. Although there can be many reasons for abnormal vaginal discharge, vaginal infections such as Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) and Candida (yeast) vulvovaginitis are major causes.
Consequently, the traditional and mainstay therapy for vaginal infections are either an antibiotic or antifungal medication. Many times antibiotics are necessary, particularly for the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases that present with vaginal discharge such as trichomonas or gonorrhea. In cases when patients have BV and/or yeast infections, despite therapy with antibiotics or antifungals patients continue to experience symptoms particularly vaginal odor. In fact, about 30% of women within three months and greater than 50% in twelve months will have a recurrence of BV after management with antibiotics alone.
My patients report vaginal odor associated with bacterial vaginosis to be very pervasive in their lives. They cite interference in their daily activities such as work, school, friendships, dating, and sexual lives. Many women state how dirty they feel despite treatment from their gynecologists and proper (and sometimes excessive) hygiene habits.
The vagina is an interesting organ with specific demands (much like its owner). It requires a narrow pH range of 3.8 to 4.5. This means that the vagina needs an acidic environment to thrive. Many healthy activities we engage in change the pH of the vagina including exercise and sex. In addition, life changes such as menstrual periods or menopause can tilt the pH balance of the vagina. Some harmful activities which we advise against such as douching or using harsh perfumed soaps in or around the vagina can also contribute to changing the delicate balance. These scenarios can shift the pH of the vagina allowing it to become more basic. This results in good bacteria that normally colonizes the vagina to be eliminated and harmful bacteria or fungi to set up camp. The results are infections manifested by vaginal discharge, odor and irritation.
Boric acid is an alternative and adjunct therapy for the management of vaginal odor and much more. It has been utilized by physicians for years as a prescription medication to treat new or recurrent infections. In the past, patients were only able to obtain boric acid in proper dosing via compounding pharmacies with hefty price tags.
pH-D feminine health developed a medical grade product formulated with the same dosage as recommended by gynecologists and other physicians alike that patients just like you can access from the comfort of their homes via the Amazon marketplace or over the counter at their local drug stores such as CVS and Target. pH-D Feminine Health Boric Acid Vaginal Suppositories give women access to this effective medication while by-passing the embarrassment of standing in line at a pharmacy.
I highly recommend pH-D Feminine Health Boric Acid Vaginal Suppositories as an effective medication for the management of vaginal odor. Like I say to my patients, it is one medication every woman should have nestled in the top drawer of her night stand.
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