When to see a urogynecologist near the Chicago area for yeast infections
One of the most common conditions that affect the female reproductive system is yeast infections. Whether you have had just one yeast infection in your life or you seem to experience yeast infections on a fairly regular basis, you are not alone.
Yeast is a type of fungus found in various parts of the human body. It is not the presence of yeast that is the problem, but the amount of this fungus that can cause problems. Typically, yeast is kept in check by the acidity of the vagina. The natural acidic environment, however, may be decreased by various factors. In a less –than-desirable acidity, yeast can more easily grow.
Repeated yeast infections may be best evaluated by a skilled urogynecologist. Partners in Pelvic Health and North Shore Urogynecology has offices near the Chicago area that serve women from areas including Highland Park, Libertyville, and Northbrook. When yeast infections occur more than three times a year, professional evaluation is recommended.
An experienced specialist will perform specific diagnostic tests to identify potential causes for excess yeast, and will also discuss the role of personal habits in the development of yeast infections. Sometimes, yeast is encouraged, or the acidic vaginal environment is altered, by tight underwear, excessive moisture in the pelvic region, hygiene products like bubble bath and bath gel, or scented vaginal sprays.
Professional evaluation of chronic yeast infections is an important step. Through targeted investigation your doctor may be able to determine the role of medications such as oral contraceptives or antibiotics, or health conditions such as obesity or diabetes in the recurrence of yeast infections.
Chronic yeast infections are experienced by about 5 percent of women and are referred to as recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis. Many women attempt to treat what they believe to be yeast infections with over the counter medications for this condition. The problem with over the counter treatments is that they are typically used after self-diagnosis, which may not be accurate. When over the counter yeast infection medication is overused, there is the potential for resistance in natural yeast in the vagina.
The treatment for chronic yeast infections must address the female anatomy carefully. While looking for potential causes related to health and lifestyle, your urogynecologist will design a treatment plan around the severity of your current condition and the potential for recurrence. Some patients require multiple rounds of treatment in order to minimize recurring infections.
Patients of Partners in Pelvic Health at North Shore Urogynecology receive outstanding care with an in-depth understanding of pelvic health. To address chronic yeast infections, contact us in Park City, Lake Forest, or Woodstock.