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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Vaginal Infections

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General Measures for Vaginal Infections

  • Be sure to use all the medication as prescribed. Quite often, the symptoms of a vaginal infection will disappear before the disease is fully cured. If you stop taking or using your medication as soon as you feel better, your symptoms may return.
  • Men can be infected by these same organisms without any symptoms, so it is important that your partner be treated at the same time if you have trichomoniasis, bacterial vaginosis or chlamydia. Otherwise, you may keep passing the infection back and forth.
  • When your symptoms have subsided, you may wish to resume sexual activity. If you do, be sure a barrier (condom) is used until you have both completed treatment.
  • If your doctor has prescribed a medication that is inserted into the vagina, you may wish to wear sanitary napkins or panty shields during treatment. If you begin to menstruate, keep using the medication but do not use tampons as they will absorb the medicine and keep it from doing its job.
  • Most infecting organisms thrive in a warm, moist environment, so keep yourself as clean, cool and dry as possible. Be sure to use your own towel, and let it dry between uses.
  • If your symptoms do not seem to be responding to the treatment, or if the medication seems to be causing additional irritation, be sure to contact your doctor at once.