OB/GYN will help you determine if you have an infection. There
are lots of different types of infections that may creep into
your reproductive system. Many women get infections in their lifetime.
As long as you treat them and talk to your doctor, they can be
kept under control. In some cases, the symptoms of common infections
are similar to those of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Your
doctor will help determine what’s going on and decide
what steps to take to get rid of the infection.
Bacterial Vaginosis is a general term to describe a bacterial infection
of the vagina, the most common vaginal infection. This occurs when
an abnormal balance of naturally occurring bacteria is present, and
is characterized by a yellow or green discharge with a strong odor.
Remember that this is not totally gross, because bacteria already
live in your vagina. If the symptoms are not apparent, the condition
will usually clear up on its own. A doctor can prescribe a treatment
for the symptoms as well.
Yeast Infection is acommon condition too.
In fact 75% of all women will develop a yeast infection in their
lifetime. You have
yeast in your vagina all the time. But sometimes the yeast will
grow too rapidly, and this will cause a burning feeling during urination,
around the opening to your vagina and a white, heavy or clumpy
and odorless discharge. A yeast infection is not a sexually transmitted
disease. It is often caused by certain medications, usually antibiotics.
These medications kill off certain bacteria that usually help to
keep the yeast in your vagina under control. See your doctor if
are not sure if you have a yeast infection, or if you have never
had one before. Over-the-counter medications are available at pharmacies,
but as a rule, you should check with your doctor before using them.
Often women think they have yeast infections when they really have a
different infection. Your provider may advise you to try an over-the-counter
yeast infection medication and call back for an appointment if
doesn’t clear it up – but it’s best to check
with a doctor first.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is not an infection
of the reproductive
system; it affects the urinary tract. It means that a bacteria
has gotten into your bladder or kidney and has multiplied in your
Your urine doesn’t usually have bacteria in it,
so this causes a reaction in your body. A UTI will make you feel
you have to pee all the time. But when you go to the bathroom,
only a little bit of urine will come out. Other symptoms include
when you urinate, “dribbling” (can’t control
urine release), red or pink urine, cloudy urine, foul-smelling
and vomiting, pain in your back just below the rib cage and on
one side of your body, or fever and chills. Bladder infections
treated fairly easily and quickly. Talk to your doctor about treatment
options. You can help to prevent UTIs by drinking lots of water
and liquids throughout the day and by drinking cranberry or blueberry
juice and taking vitamin C. Also, if you urinate frequently and
hold it in, you will also help to prevent UTIs. If you are sexually
active, you can take steps to prevent getting a UTI. After intercourse
make sure to urinate and wash the skin that covers the opening
to your urethra (where the urine leaves your body).