Most women have experienced the pain of a UTI or the irritation of a yeast infection at least once in their life. Traditionally these conditions are treated with antibiotics and antifungals, respectively. For the acute one off infections, this approach is simple and effective. However, if a woman begins to experience chronic symptoms of infection there is an underlying driver that needs to be uncovered and resolved to stop the cycle of infection and treatment.
Urinary Tract Infection
Group B Strep
STIs (HSV1/2, HPV)
For many conditions affecting the vagina, the focus of treatment is on the vaginal microbiome. The vaginal microbiome refers to all of the bacteria that inhabit the vaginal canal. The most dominant bacteria within the vaginal microbiome should be a genus of bacteria called the lactobacilli. The lactobacilli are essential to vaginal health since they produce an acid that protects the vagina from infection from bacteria and yeasts. If the microbiome of the vagina is altered resulting in a change in pH or bacterial composition, we call this dysbiosis.
Causes of dysbiosis
Multiple rounds of antibiotics
Vaginal washing and/or douching
Hormonal changes post menopause
New sexual partners
The function of the immune system is always considered in cases of chronic infection. If immune system function is suboptimal the body is at higher risk of recurrent infection. Possible contributors to low immune function include stress and nutritional deficiencies.
Other Women’s Health Conditions treated include:
Acne, Amenorrhea, Bacterial Vaginosis, Breast Pain, Chronic UTIs, Endometriosis, Fertility, Fibrocystic Breasts, Hair Loss, Heavy Bleeding, Menopause (hot Flashes, vaginal dryness, sleep, mood), Ovarian Cysts, Pelvic Pain, PCOS, PMDD, PMS, Post Birth Control Syndrome, Yeast Infections