Many women repeatedly struggle with morbid discharge and regular inflammation. Especially then recommend precautionary measures to strengthen the vaginal milieu. Many of them have a positive effect on the intestinal flora and the general defensive power at the same time. These include a balanced diet with plenty of vitamins (especially vitamin C and zinc) and whole grains, as well as low sugar and dairy products. Drink enough - why not have a glass of aloe vera juice every day?
Strengthen the vaginal milieu
It has meanwhile also been said that substances used in microbiological therapy not only help with intestinal cleansing, but also support the vaginal flora. These include, for example, probiotics, so living bacteria (in this case, especially lactic acid bacteria), which can not only be eaten as yoghurt (or introduced as a soaked tampon in the vagina), but are also available as finished preparations in the pharmacy - as well either in the form of nutritional supplements or as tablets and suppositories to be inserted into the vagina.
For repeated vaginal thrush daily baths over several weeks are worth a try, with a mixture of the following Schuessler salts: Nr.3, Nr.5, Nr.6, Nr.8, Nr.9 and Nr.10. If necessary, consult your pharmacy.
Basic hygiene measures
Not to be forgotten, of course, are hygiene measures: daily change of - not too tight - underwear made of natural materials, the absence of intimate sprays, regular cleaning of the genital area, but only with mild washing substances. Treat your outer genital area with a neutral skin fat or a special cream for the genital area - so that the sensitive skin remains supple and resistant to minor injuries and inflammation.
By the way: Some authors also see smoking as a possible trigger for permanent vaginal infections - would not that be a good reason to stop it?
Low risk for the vaginal flora
Numerous studies show that the following factors - contrary to popular belief - have no negative impact on the vaginal milieu:
- The proper use of tampons and panty liners (these may therefore continue to be used in case of an existing infection); only exception is the - rare - allergy to the ingredients. This is triggered especially by perfumed panty liners.
- Bathing and swimming - usually no water enters the vagina. Possible exceptions:
- If a tampon is used during the stay in the water, water can enter the vagina - presumably via the withdrawal thread (wicking) and the mechanical widening of the vaginal opening - the larger the tampon, the larger the quantity.
- In some women, the chlorine in swimming pool water irritates the mucous membranes. This in turn means that already existing, but kept in check pathogen - can spread. For the chlorine kills most pathogens (eg also flagella) quite well, ie the risk of infection is very low.
- There are isolated reports that certain flagellum bacteria (Pseudomonas aeruginosa) are transmitted by staying in the whirlpool. These germs are found preferably in hospitals especially in humid environments such as rinsing solutions, hot water pipes, disinfectants. Even by contaminated bath toys they were already transferred to children's hospitals. But: As a rule, only "high-risk patients" are affected, ie persons whose immune system is weakened, who have just had an operation, etc. However, it is conceivable that women who have an impaired and sensitive vaginal flora can get infected with it in the whirlpool,