The vagina is a self-contained ecosystem, which – as a gateway for germs – is exposed to numerous chemical, mechanical, bacterial and viral contaminants. The vagina has a mucous membrane for protection. The actual protection of the vagina against infections is found in its acidic environment with a pH value of approx. 4.0 to 4.5. Lactic acid-forming bacteria settled in the vagina produce a biological acidic protective film on the mucosa, which represents an essential barrier against ascending infections. A healthy vaginal flora not only protects against vaginal infections, such as vaginal mycosis, but also strengthens the entire immunity of the intimate area and thus also prevents chronic bladder infections.
Many women are familiar with dryness, itchiness and discharge. These are typical symptoms of vaginal infections and irritations.
Compound infections of the vagina, i.e. infections with various bacteria in the form of a bacterial vaginitis, frequently lead to an unpleasantly smelling, "fishy"discharge despite proper hygiene.
Vaginal mycosis reveals itself primarily through itchiness, redness and vaginal discharge. In the case of a severe affliction with vaginal mycosis, visible, white deposits on the mucosa and the labia may occur. At that point, the diagnosis of vaginal mycosis through Candida albicans – through the white filamentous fungus – is clear. Otherwise, the diagnosis of vaginal mycosis is made microscopically and through colourings and microbiological cultivation through Pap smears from the posterior fornix of the vagina.
The healthy vaginal environment is increasingly threatened by our modern forms of diet and living habits. This includes environmental toxins, medications and modern nutrition with fast food. The chemicals added as such are frequently difficult for our bodies to process and discharge. This impacts our entire ecosystem and affects the vagina as well.
Deficient, excessive or improper hygiene can also disturb the vaginal flora. Whether excessive washing with cleaning agents, which always leave a residue, scented panty liners, washing detergent residue, intolerable tampons or tight fitting clothes – they all can impact the vaginal flora of the woman and thus facilitate infections, such as vaginal mycosis.
Various medications are real predators of vitamins and trace elements. These groups include hormones for contraception as well as for treating the desire to have children, cholesterol reducers, blood pressure reducers, asthma medications and particularly compounds for losing weight. For example, trace elements like zinc, selenium or even minerals and vitamins are consumed with the decomposition of many medications in the liver.
An adverse side effect of antibiotics that is recognised and had often been occurring for longer periods is the development of fungal infections. These can lead to problems in the intestine and the vagina. For this reason, vaginal mycosis occurs cumulatively following a treatment with antibiotics.
Repeated local changes of pH values through vaginal rinsing, vaginal medications like antibiotics, anti-fungal medications and spermacide can promote irritation and inflammations of the vagina and thus also prepare the way for vaginal mycosis.
Unprotected sexual intercourse can be another significant cause of repeated vaginal irritation, inflammations and infections, e.g. with vaginal mycosis.
Infections involving vaginal mycosis can more easily occur following a visit to the swimming pool particularly in women, who have already given birth or had a serious operation through the vagina. Pool water flowing into the vagina neutralises the physiological acid in the vagina. Even a pH value more than 4.5 clearly increases the risk of infections, such as vaginal mycosis. Thus, vaginal mycosis and bacteria can settle more easily in the vagina with a defective immunity.
Chronic intestinal disorders, as is caused, e.g. through ana healthy diet with several additives, can also promote vaginal mycosis and other vaginal infections. The most significant reasons:
- A chronically-defective intestine weakens the general immunity – and thus the immunity against vaginal mycosis, etc.
- Chronic intestinal disorders over the medium term lead to absorption disorders of essential ingredients from the intestine and thus to an orthomolecular deficiency.
- Through irritation of the intestinal mucosa, more fluid is formed in the abdominal cavity, which collects in the perineal area. Similar to an overflowing reservoir, the excess fluid flows through the fallopian tubes into the uterus and vagina. Thus, these are flushed from inside with an alternating discharge, which increases the unhealthy pH value of the vagina to more than pH 5.0 and, therefore, promotes vaginal infections such as vaginal mycosis.
In conventional medicine, often antimycotics, i.e. a fungus-killing medication is prescribed for local application in the vagina for vaginal mycosis. A vaginal mycosis is less frequently treated through a so-called systemic therapy by taking medications, although this could cleanse the primary reservoir, the intestine, at the same time.
What role does the diet play with vaginal mycosis?
There is often a discussion, whether or not a high level of sugar consumption plays are role in the development of vaginal mycosis. Sugar is the basic nutrient for yeast fungi, such as Candida albicans, which causes a vaginal mycosis disease in most cases. A diet rich in sugar and low in fibre can potentially facilitate the development of a vaginal mycosis disease.
In the process, it is necessary to consider that we normally do not consume sugar as a usual household crystal sugar, but rather in the form of carbohydrates or sweets with various additional chemicals like aromas, dyes, flow agents or preservatives that are contained in all confectionary foods out of the factory. In contrast, we recommend fresh seasonal and regional fruit and vegetables as well as natural organic products such as organic sauerkraut, organic bread or organic olive oil.
Care of the vaginal flora
If the immunity is weakened, infections such as vaginal mycosis will increasingly occur. Vice versa, strengthening the immunity can also increase the force of resistance against vaginal mycosis and vaginal compound infections. The body’s own protection can prevent arising infections, such as vaginal mycosis, through care and support of the natural vaginal flora.
To optimise the care of the vaginal mucosa, 4Vag® vaginal suppositories by hypo-A contain viable lactic acid bacteria, vitamins, trace elements and omega fatty acids in cocoa butter. 4Vag® vaginal suppositories facilitate the normal, physiological vaginal flora and form a protective biological film that inhibits the attachment of illness-causing germs.
A preventive application of 4Vag® vaginal suppositories following an antibiotic treatment, after menstruation, a visit to the pool or sexual intercourse can be sensible in sensitive women to effectively prevent the development of vaginal disorders to vaginal mycosis in a timely manner. 4Vag® vaginal suppositories can be used in women of all age groups beginning at puberty. hypo-A 4Vag® is a patented medicinal product for vaginal care (PZN 3923142) and available in every pharmacy.