WHAT IS A YEAST INFECTION?

A vaginal yeast infection, simply put is a fungal infection of the vagina.
 

The primary cause of a vaginal yeast infection is Candida albicans. Candida normally exists in the vagina in small quantities but when the vaginal environment gets disrupted, it begins to overgrow the good bacteria that normally live in the vagina.

 
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How do I know if I have a yeast infection?

It is estimated that 75% of women will develop a yeast infection over the course of their lifetime. About half of those women affected will experience recurrence. Recognizing the tell tale symptoms of a yeast infection is the first step towards treatment.

  • Itching in the vaginal area and around the vulva (the opening of the vagina)
  • White or gray vaginal discharge that may be thick (sometimes described as looking like cottage cheese) but does not have a bad smell
  • Vaginal burning or swelling and/or burning during urination
  • Rash at the opening of the vagina
  • Painful intercourse
  • Pelvic or lower abdominal discomfort

As in all things medical, prevention is always easier than treatment. Yeast infections are no exception to this rule. BoriCap & FloraPro can help.

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I’m so miserable! Can I prevent a yeast infection from happening again?

With a bit of planning and lifestyle change, prevention may be possible for you. Any situation that disturbs the pH as well as the normal bacteria that live in the vagina can predispose you to an infection. Normal vaginal pH is 3.8 to 4.5. When the vaginal mucosa pH extends one way or the other on this narrow scale range, candida albicans ( major cause of yeast infection) can overtake the vagina leaving you with the telltale odor, itch, burning and misery of an infection. Antibiotic use, excessive moisture or warmth, menses, excessive alcohol or sugar intake, intercourse, tampons, scented soaps and feminine hygiene products all have an impact on the vaginal environment. Some of these factors are modifiable and some are not. Think of your vagina as a bucket. If you fill the bucket with a bit of water here and there eventually the bucket will overflow. Keep adding triggers for your yeast infection and eventually your vagina will do the same. What can you do to prevent rather than treat your next flare up?

  • No douching. Your vagina is able to clean and regulate itself through the normal biological fluids that it creates and expels.
  • Practice good hygiene by always wiping front to back.

  • Feminine deodorant sprays, scented pads or tampons, colored or perfumed toilet paper, bubble bath, or scented body wash all contain dyes and perfumes which disrupt your vaginal pH. These should be avoided.

  • Your vagina is a dark and moist place which needs air circulation to regulate itself. Underwear that are tight fitting and non cotton disrupt this process. Consider going commando at night. Avoid wearing tight fitting clothing for prolonged periods of time.

  • Limit excessive sugar and alcohol intake especially when your body is being bombarded by other influencing factors such as intercourse or menses.

  • Change out of wet bathing suits and exercise clothing as soon as possible.

  • Change tampons and feminine pads frequently during menses.Use the bathroom after intercourse.

  • Consult your physician to rule out diabetes or other medical diagnoses if persistent yeast infections occur. Always remember to have BoriCap on hand, especially on vacation!

How often do I use BoriCap?

To restore pH and normal vaginal bacteria, insert 1 capsule into the vagina twice daily for 2 weeks. To maintain pH and normal bacteria, insert 1 capsule into the vagina daily for 2 weeks every month prior to menses or as needed or directed by your physician. To read more about how BoriCap supports vaginal health, click here. Our treatment recommendations should not replace the advice of your health care provider and their management should always take precedence over our recommendations.

 

My yeast infection was gone and now it’s back! What gives?

We would love to tell you that using a one time therapy of BoriCap will forever eliminate any yeast, BV or pH issues but it's not likely. For the woman who gets a one time infection due to a perfect storm of factors that contribute to a yeast infection, this may be the case. However for most of us your body is going to do what your body wants to do. Much like a diabetic or someone who suffers from high blood pressure, the tendency will always be there. That being said, for some women, managing symptoms is sometimes a lifelong course. Once you get a full blown infection controlled, maintenance may only involve using BoriCap during trigger times like menses or after intercourse. This avoids the need for a full course of 2 week treatment. Over time, most women report finding a course of maintenance therapy that works for them based upon the symptoms that they are experiencing and the past treatment courses that have worked for them.

I only used a few suppositories but I am having a problem...

Should you experience any pain or unusual bleeding during use, you should stop using BoriCap suppositories as it may be a sign of a more serious condition. Consult your physician for further diagnosis and treatment.

I finished treatment but I’m still having symptoms... what now?

If you are still experiencing symptoms after a course of 2 weeks of treatment, it is time to visit your health care provider to ensure that you have been properly diagnosed or do not have a more serious condition.

In addition, certain medical conditions can predispose you to developing yeast infections. These include but are not limited to diabetes, pregnancy, immunosuppression or a compromised immune system.

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This is an inexpensive and effective way to manage recurrent yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis. I have used this product myself and it is excellent. I am a women's health nurse practitioner and I recommend it to my patients.

B. McIntyre

Products

BoriCap 600mg

Contains only pharmaceutical grade boric acid powder, produced in an FDA & GMP certified facility in the USA. Supports to normalize & maintain vaginal pH. Contains no preservatives, fillers, or colors.

FloraPro Probiotic

Custom formulated to support vaginal health including vaginal pH. Contains a high-potency 42 Billion CFUs, 9 live strains specifically selected to promote vaginal flora and yeast balance.

Suppository Applicator

Assists in the correct and hygienic placement of our vaginal boric acid suppository. Fits all size 00 capsules. A value pack of seven applicators can be thrown away or washed and reused.