Vaginal Infections

Did you know that your vagina loves acidity? The normal pH of the vagina is between 3.5 to 4.5, which is similar to the pH of wine. An imbalance in the vaginal environment can lead to infections such as yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis.

What Causes Vaginal Infections?

Thanks to Lactobacilli, or the “good” bacteria found in the vagina, pH levels are kept at a slightly acidic level to prevent the growth of infection-causing bacteria. When the levels rise above 4.5, the vagina becomes an ideal party ground for infections such as yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis.

Here are some factors that may cause your vagina to become more alkaline:

Menstrual Blood

Menstrual blood is alkaline and can remove acidity from the vagina. This is also why many women tend to flare up with vaginal infection after their period ends.

Semen

When your partner ejaculates inside your vagina without a condom, the semen makes your vaginal environment more alkaline and this promotes the breeding of fungus and bacterias that leads to infections.

Type of Vaginal Infections

Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection experienced by women and it can be notoriously hard to get rid of. Many often suffer from recurring bouts of bacterial vaginosis after the first treatment.

Bacterial Vaginosis Is Treatable

Bacterial vaginosis is treated with antibiotics that are either taken orally or vaginally through the use of pessaries. Some common antibiotics we use are metronidazole, tinidazole and clindamycin.

Pessaries

Antibiotics like clindamycin and metronidazole are available in a gel or cream that you insert into your vagina

Oral Antibiotics

Pills like metronidazole and tinidazole are commonly prescribed. We may also provide anti-fungal creams for pre-emptive prevention of a fungal infection, as antibiotics can also kill good bacteria in the vagina, which increases the growth of fungus.

Antifungal Treatment

A single session of the vaginal laser application can be used to manage recurrent bacterial vaginosis by resetting the lining of the vagina, which gives it a clean slate.

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FAQ

How do I know if I have bacterial vaginosis?

Often, your discharge has a foul smell, likened to a fishy scent. Your discharge may be thin, liquid, yellow green or gray.

Is bacterial vaginosis a form of STD?

Bacterial vaginosis is not exclusively an STD. It can even occur in women who are not sexually active, even though it is more common in women who are.

Does bacterial vaginosis increase my risk of acquiring an STD?

Yes, it can. Bacterial vaginosis and the inflammation it causes allow for tracking up of STD into the upper portions of your genital track. Therefore, it is best to treat BVas soon as possible to reduce your risk of acquiring an STD.

Can my partner contract bacterial vaginosis from me after having unprotected sex?

Yes. If your male partner develops penile itchiness and discomfort after sexual intercourse, please get him to see a doctor.

Is there a chance that my bacterial vaginosis will recur after I have treated it?

Unfortunately, bacterial vaginosis can be very stubborn. Recurrence rates can be as high as 80% so do not be surprised if you are infected again after treatment.

Simply update your doctor, get reexamined to ensure that it’s not any other infection and you will need a second round of treatment and more importantly, a discussion on strategies to prevent recurrent infection.

The crux to proper prevention lies in the maintenance of a stable acidic vaginal conditions with a dominant good lactobacilli bacterial environment.

Dr Jessherin Sidhu

Affectionately known to her patients as Dr Jess, Dr Jessherin Sidhu adopts a holistic approach to patient care. She is a firm believer that relationships, sexuality and sexual behaviour are factors that have a significant impact on overall health.

With her sex-positive and health-focused approach, Dr Jess encourages safe and open discussions of sexual health issues that extend beyond just treating diseases.

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Last week (13th Feb 2020) was my first visit to this clinic. I was very impressed and satisfied with InSync Medical Women's Clinic. Dr. Jess was very attentive and detailed in examining my situation. Her explanation was very clear and understandable. With her patience, I was able to ask lots of questions and understand my situation much better than before. (Thank you, Dr. Jess) Price wise, it is reasonable and I would HIGHLY recommend this clinic. Again, thank you!

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I am soooooo glad I went here to have my concernssorted. I have no words how comfortable I am after she had me checked up. Her hands are very light aswell. It's like having a class about our body parts. She explained my result that I had back in Bangkok than the doctor I had there. How I wish there is someone like her that will make sure all our questions and concerns are answered. She's the best of best. Highly recommend her. Price is reasonable too. Just thank you Dr.Jess and her assistant Aisyah. Have a wonderful day always.

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September 18, 2020 via Google

Dr Jess is an amazing doctor with a beautiful heart. What I really love about her is that is super realistic. She does not promise rapid/fake results. She is very humble and I really like it that spent her time to talk and explain to me about my condition in detail. I have been to so many other doctors for the same. They will just talk briefly and try to push me to start the treament on the spot / nurses will start discussing on pricing.Wasted my time and money in the wrong clinic before. However, Dr Jess is just different.She is not greedy. Very helpful and high level of professionlism and empathy.And her staff Hani is super sweet too. Customer service top notch. Sometime I send message so late when i need something urgently. Hani will still reply to me patiently. I am so lucky I finally found the best doctor and her assitant for my lady needs 🙂 . I only have one regret-I didnt find them earlier.

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