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OUR MISSION 

Making daily
vaginal health checkups
possible and affordable

Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause of vaginal disease among women.

  • Candida albicans is a type of fungus (candida) that is responsible for the majority of yeast infections. Although antifungal medications typically primarily target the most prevalent fungus, other types of fungus can also result in yeast infections. Antifungals used to treat yeast infections might not work if the infection is brought on by something different.

  • Even though it may seem as if new infections are appearing, the first one might still be present. That is why identifying the cause of the infection and confirming the presence of the bacteria responsible for it is important.

  • Using antibiotics too frequently can reduce the beneficial bacteria in your vagina. This can promote candida growth and increase your risk of developing a yeast infection. You are more prone to contract one the longer you use antibiotics.

  • Uncontrolled diabetes raises blood sugar levels, which makes it simpler for yeast to grow and reproduce.

  • The balance of microorganisms in your vagina may be altered by hormonal birth control, including oral contraceptive tablets and spermicidal creams and jellies, which can further promote the growth of candida.

  • The ideal environment is created if you wear warm, damp, or constrictive clothing[PI1] , such as sweaty workout gear that you don't immediately change out of or a moist bathing suit after a swim.

Social Impact

Canadian women need Senora

PROBLEMS

All women are vulnerable

About 75% of women will have vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC; often known as a "yeast infection") at some point in their lives. It is a common mucosal disease brought on by Candida spp. Even with weekly treatment, a small but significant portion of women still develop recurrent VVC yeast infections, which often respond well to treatment. Yet, understanding the reasons for recurrent infections is further complicated by the fact that one in five females have vaginal yeast present at any given time without exhibiting symptoms. In the transition from the presence of yeast in the vagina without any symptoms to symptomatic yeast infections, the relationship between fungi, other vaginal bacteria (the "microbiome"), and the human immune system is still poorly understood.

Early diagnosis is important due to this potential lack of symptoms.

AWARENESS

HOW OFTEN

Vaginal infections occur regularly

75 out of 100 Canadian women have a vaginal yeast infection at least once in their life.

will have
more than one
episode.

Most women
found to have BV
reported no symptoms.

Women who have not had vaginal,

oral, or anal sex can still
be affected by BV,

as can pregnant women,

and women

who have ever

been pregnant

get more
than four
infections a year

The prevalence of BV increases as the lifetime number of sexual partners increases

Non-white women have higher rates

(African Americans 51%, Mexican Americans 32%)

than white women (23%)

COMMUNITY 
SUSTAINABILITY

COMPLICATIONS

No treatment = More health problems

Vaginal candidiasis will probably worsen if neglected, resulting in itching, redness, and inflammation in the region around your vagina. If the inflamed region cracks or if persistent scratching leaves open or raw areas, this could cause a skin infection.

  • Additionally, invasive candidiasis has the potential to harm the blood, heart, brain, bones, and even the eyes! There could also be further issues:

    • Weakness

    • oral candida

    • gastrointestinal issues

  • A yeast infection may resolve on its own in certain cases. Everybody's probability is different.

  • However, if the woman chooses to ignore the infection, it is highly likely that it will worsen.

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