A medical practitioner, Mr. Isaac Newman Arthur has advised ladies to avoid the use of feminine products or risk exposing their genitals to infections such as candidiasis.
According to Mr. Arthur, both good and bad bacteria can be killed by feminine wash, which could be a disadvantage, because the body needs the good bacteria, adding that an adequate amount of good bacteria (normal vaginal flora) is needed to maintain the acidity of the vagina, which is what maintains the ability to fight and prevent infections in that region.
He added that prolonged use of feminine wash, especially the stronger types, he noted, can change the acidity of the vagina, and can make one more vulnerable to infections.
Feminine wash products are a popular choice among women for keeping their nether regions feeling fresh and clean. Some women even assert that douching or cleaning the vaginal canal regularly as frequently as everyday with feminine wash helps prevent the incidence and recurrence of both vaginal and urinary tract infections (UTI).
Mr Arthur was speaking on the topic ‘’Dealing with candidiasis’’. Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by yeast that belong to the genus candida. He said there are over 20 pieces of yeast that can cause infection in humans, the most common being candida albicans. Candidiasis according to him, can either be contracted orally or through the skin.
Mr. Arthur explained that vaginal yeast infections aren’t considered sexually transmitted diseases because the Candida fungus is naturally present in the vagina, and even celibate women can get infections, but can be passed between sexual partners.
Mr Arthur mentioned poor hygiene, the use of antibiotics that keep harmless candida under control, the use of medications that affect the immune system, a weakened immune system as a result of diabetes, poor eating habits, including a lot of sugary food, pregnancy and other medical conditions as some of the factors that can yeast infection.
He therefore advised women to visit the hospital for checkups, observe proper hygienic practices, avoid the use of feminine products, as well as hot water to wash the vagina.
BY: LILIAN D. WALTER