An Integrative Gynaecology approach to Bacterial Vaginosis, Yeast Infections, and UTIs

Dr Disha Sridhar

I am a Gynaecologist Obstetrician ( MD, DNB OBGYN) with an emphasis on INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE.

An Integrative Gynaecology approach to Bacterial Vaginosis, Yeast Infections, and UTIs

Allow me to extend my warmest embrace to you as we embark on a voyage that delves deep into the realm of feminine health and well-being. I stand before you not just as a gynaecologist but as a fellow traveller on this intricate path, one that resonates with human emotions, vulnerabilities, and aspirations. Through years of compassionate care and unwavering commitment to understanding the unique tapestry of women's experiences, I find myself humbled by the stories, the challenges, and the dreams that make each woman's journey uniquely beautiful.

Our exploration today is not just about the physical aspects of bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, and urinary tract infections (UTIs). It's a voyage into the heart of what it means to be a woman, navigating the labyrinth of health concerns that intersect with our identities, our self-esteem, and our very essence. So, take my hand, and let's dive into a world where expertise meets empathy, and where understanding intertwines with emotional well-being.

The Vaginal Health & Your Fertility:

‍Your imbalanced vaginal flora can compromise your ability to get and stay pregnant.  The low-level inflammation from bacterial vaginosis is linked to the prevention of fertilization of the egg, spontaneous miscarriage, and a higher risk of preterm birth. In addition, bacterial vaginosis can also make women more susceptible to acquiring and transmitting STDs and HIV.

‍Your Vaginal Health Starts in Your Gut

If you follow the Truhealing protocol with your diet, avoid chemical-laden products, and only sparingly use unnecessary medications, then you are also healing your gut microbiome, and by minding your gut microbiome, you are taking care of your vaginal ecosystem. You can read more recommendations for supporting your gut microbiome, probiotic supplements and food recommendations in this blog.

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Understanding the Trio: Bacterial Vaginosis, Yeast Infections, and UTIs

Bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections (also known as candidiasis), and urinary tract infections (UTIs) are some of the most common gynaecological concerns that women face. These conditions can cause discomfort, disrupt daily life, and sometimes even challenge our self-confidence. While conventional treatments are available, it's essential to explore natural remedies that can enhance our body's innate ability to heal and maintain balance.

Bacterial Vaginosis: A Delicate Balance

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) occurs when the delicate balance of bacteria in the vaginal ecosystem is disrupted, leading to an overgrowth of harmful bacteria. The result? Unpleasant odour, abnormal discharge, and irritation. Emotionally, BV can take a toll on one's self-esteem, causing embarrassment and social discomfort.

Natural Approach: To restore the vaginal flora, consider incorporating probiotics into your routine. These beneficial bacteria can crowd out harmful ones and reinstate balance. Consuming probiotic-rich foods like yoghurt, kefir, and sauerkraut can be highly beneficial. Additionally, practice good hygiene habits and avoid using harsh soaps or douches that can upset the pH balance.

Yeast Infections: The Itch That Won't Quit

Ah, yeast infections! The relentless itching, burning, and discomfort can put even the strongest among us on edge. Candida, a type of yeast, is usually present in the vagina in small quantities. However, when its growth spirals out of control due to factors like hormonal changes, antibiotics, or high-sugar diets, a yeast infection can rear its irritating head.

Natural Approach: Incorporate garlic into your diet. Garlic is a natural antifungal agent that can help curb the overgrowth of yeast. You can also apply plain, unsweetened yogurt topically for relief. Its cooling effect can soothe discomfort while promoting the growth of healthy bacteria.

UTIs: Unwanted Guests

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can turn a simple act like urinating into a painful ordeal. The frequent urge to urinate, accompanied by a burning sensation, can be emotionally distressing. UTIs often occur when bacteria enter the urethra and multiply in the urinary tract.

Natural Approach: Hydration is your best friend! Drinking plenty of water encourages frequent urination, which helps flush out harmful bacteria. Cranberry juice or supplements can also be beneficial. Cranberries contain compounds that prevent bacteria from adhering to the urinary tract lining, reducing the risk of infection.

Embracing the Intimate Connection: Vaginal Health, Periods, and Fertility

The intricacies of vaginal health extend far beyond mere physical well-being. Our menstrual cycles and fertility are intrinsically linked to our vaginal ecosystem, reflecting our overall vitality and emotional state.

Periods: A Window into Health

Your monthly period is more than just a physiological process; it's a window into your health. Irregular periods, heavy bleeding, or debilitating cramps can signal hormonal imbalances or underlying health issues. These challenges can impact your emotional well-being, leaving you feeling frustrated and fatigued.

Natural Approach: Nourish your body with nutrient-rich foods and manage stress levels. Incorporating omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods like flaxseeds and fatty fish, can help regulate hormonal fluctuations and alleviate menstrual discomfort.

Fertility: A Harmonious Symphony

The symphony of fertility involves various factors, including hormonal balance, ovulation, and uterine health. When these components are in sync, the chances of conceiving increase. However, fertility struggles can evoke a rollercoaster of emotions, from hope and excitement to frustration and sorrow.

Natural Approach: Support fertility by embracing a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise, stress management, and a balanced diet can contribute to hormonal equilibrium. Certain herbs like chasteberry (Vitex) can also aid in hormonal regulation and support ovulation.

Originally published May 2, 2019

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