Bacterial Vaginosis vs. Yeast Infection: What's the Difference?
Talking about intimate health issues can be quite an uncomfortable topic to bring up even today. According to our market research, 91% of surveyed women have experienced some kind of vaginal discomfort. Most of these issues can be avoided if we learn how to take proper care of our intimate area.
"Dry, itchy, and irritated mucous membranes affects many women. Often due to excessive washing and the use of soap which is not intended for the intimate area. The cleansing oils from Lip Intimate Care are amazing products that carefully cleanses and repairs dry, irritated and itching mucous membranes."
Sara Törnqvist, midwife at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm
Vaginitis is the medical term for infection or inflammation of the vagina. It is is so common that nearly every woman will experience it at some point in their life.
The most common causes of vaginitis are bacterial vaginosis, and candida (yeast) infection which account for 90 percent of cases and are often confused with one another due to their similar symptoms.
Our vagina naturally contains a balanced mix of bacteria and yeast. However when this is disrupted due to factors such as an increase of estrogen levels in the body, regular antibiotic use, it can lead to an overgrowth of yeast, leading to vaginal candidiasis, also known as vaginal yeast infections.
It can be frustrating to deal with as the symptoms usually include a burning sensation, itching and irritation in the vagina and vulva, vaginal rash, soreness, and changes in vaginal discharge.
While not a sexually-transmitted infection (STI), research suggests that there is an increased risk of developing a yeast infection in the first experience of regular sexual intercourse.
Bacterial vaginosis on the other hand, is a bacterial infection caused by an overgrowth of the bad bacteria, known as anaerobes. When the natural balance of bacteria is upset, anaerobic bacteria can grow out of control and lead to bacterial vaginosis. This could result from douching which can disrupt the natural balance of bacteria, a natural lack of good bacteria.
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is the most common vaginal infection amongst women.
It affects around 24% of the population in Singapore, but more than 80% women infected do not experience any symptoms
While bacterial vaginosis does not usually cause complications, it could sometimes be a cause for concern. Pregnant women who have bacterial vaginosis can experience premature deliveries, and having this infection makes women more susceptible to STIs such as HIV and herpes.
Vaginal microflora needs to be balanced for good health. It is important to avoid vaginal douching, use of shower gels, antiseptic agents, or shampoo to wash the vaginal area.
Instead, use Lip Intimate Care's Cleansing & Moisturising Oils to cleanse the intimate area.
Our Cleansing & Moisturising Oil, Prebiotics + Postbiotic contains an exclusive oil extract which nourishes friendly bacteria, helps to restrict the growth of harmful microbes. Thus, it can support the natural pH balance of your intimate area and help keep a range of unpleasant symptoms at bay.