Chronic Vaginitis FAQ’s

Vaginitis is defined as an inflammation of the vagina and is a condition that affects millions of women worldwide each year. In fact, statistics show that as much as one-third of all women will have symptoms of vaginitis during their lives. Many experience recurring symptoms and/or prolonged symptoms — a condition known as chronic vaginitis. In this guide, our medical experts here at Mitchell Medical Group have put list of FAQ’s with answers about chronic vaginitis. Read on to learn more, and contact our medical team at (212) 397-0157 to schedule an appointment at our New York, NY holistic healing center today!

What is chronic vaginitis?

Chronic vaginitis is defined as a case of vaginitis that lasts for more than six months or recurs several times for the same woman. Though chronic vaginitis can occur in women of all ages, it is most likely to occur for women who are in the reproductive stage of life.

What causes chronic vaginitis?

Like all cases of vaginitis, chronic vaginitis is caused by change in the balance of the yeast and bacteria that normally live in the vagina. This change can cause the lining of the vagina to become inflamed, thus resulting in vaginitis. Factors and activities that can change the normal bacterial balance of the vagina include the following:

•Antibiotic use

•Changes in hormone levels due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, or menopause

•Douching

•Spermicide use

•Sexual intercourse

•Infection

•Nutrient deficiency

Studies show that over 40% of all chronic vaginitis infections are caused by yeast infections alone. Read on to learn more about diagnosis and treatment options below.

How is chronic vaginitis diagnosed?

Our practice doesn't do gynecological exams so we request you have one by your gynecologist and please bring any testing done by that office.

We typically see women who have had repeated vaginal yeast infections that haven't resolved.

Our testing involves a skin test to see if you have a hypersensitivity or yeast overgrowth.

What are conventional treatment options for chronic vaginitis?

Conventional vaginitis treatments vary greatly depending on the cause of the vaginitis in question. In most cases, vaginitis is treated with either a pill or a cream or gel that is applied to the inflamed region of the vagina. For chronic vaginitis, doctors will often make lifestyle recommendations of prescribing long term medications to help with the body’s bacterial imbalance.

Are there holistic medicine treatment options for vaginitis?

Holistic medicine offers several promising treatment options that have shown marked success in many patients suffering from chronic vaginitis — most notably those with vaginitis caused yeast infections from the Candida albans fungi strain. At Mitchell Medical Group, our first steps are always to perform an extensive medical history review and conduct a test to see how your skin reacts to Candida. From there, we can recommend holistic treatments including yeast-free dieting and sublingual immunotherapy. To learn more about these treatments, visit our page on chronic vaginitis here.

Interested in receiving more information about chronic vaginitis and our many holistic treatments here at Mitchell Medical Group? Contact our New York, NY medical center at (212) 397-0157 today!

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