[Transcript of answer]

‘First thing that we would do as an examination is speculum examination. To be able to see what your symptoms are and what the exam shows is indicative of a yeast infection. And we would do a speculum exam and see a thick white Curdy discharge. We could take a sample of that and put it on a microscope slide and look at it under the microscope and be able to see things, like you can see actual yeast buds forming and that’s probably the big one. You can do a laboratory test that usually send out, but we can tell right there in the office whether it’s a yeast infection, and treatment can be anything from over the counter and you can treat them on your own. Some of them you have to get a prescription for.’

‘There are some folks that will elect to try to do natural type of treatment. One of the, not treatments, but things to kind of keep a yeast infection at Bay or probiotics. If you can choose a probiotic that has a lot of lactobacillus in it then that helps to keep a yeast infection away. Our bodies need to have a healthy mix of the different types of bacteria. One bacteria overruns another they get to take over and that’s where you end up with a yeast infection. There are different options to treat a yeast infection, just talk to your provider and they can help you choose the best treatment for you.’

Rita Chesney, CNM
RN, MS, CNM, Certified Nurse Midwife. BSN, 1988, Seton Hall University, South Orange N.J.; MS,CNM, 2001, University of Maryland at Baltimore; Lieutenant Colonel, Army (Retired) As a child, I always knew I wanted to be in the medical profession but it was the experience watching nurses take care... Read More