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Unformatted text preview: Women’s Health Common Vaginal Infections Bacterial vaginosis Trichomoniasis Yeast infections Common infections Most women will experience one of these at least once in her lifetime When left untreated may cause PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) BV – can increase risk of miscarriage Common in – this can increase risk of an ectopic pregnancy – – – pregnant women, some women who use hormonal contraception Common in women with diabetes Symptoms abnormal discharge abnormal odor, tuna­fish smell (especially – yellow, green, frothy, cottage cheese like after intercourse) itching painful intercourse bleeding between periods no symptoms Diagnosis culture of discharge Treatment medication Prevention Do not douche Basic hygiene Avoid tight jeans, panty hose or non­cotton underwear Certain women may be sensitive to Avoid rectal bacteria in the vagina – – – – – soaps dyes perfumes/ vaginal sprays spermicide deodorant tampons Routine Health Care Pap Smear – Age 18 or sexual activity – Annually – Collection of cells from the cervix – Screening tool for precancerous lesions, infectious conditions and cervical cancer Does not check for sexually transmitted infections Pap Smear Info Twenty four hours before avoid Not during your period – Vaginal creams, suppositories, vaginal medications – Avoid penis/vagina intercourse Avoid during most fertile part of cycle – Clear thick mucus discharge Abnormal Pap Can result from poor pap smear Poor timing of pap smear The current system of reporting divides the results into three main areas: Always return for repeat pap as d...
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