Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialist, Op. Dr. Arzu Kublay gave information about increasing vaginal infections in summer. Dr. Kublay said, “Women’s vagina and vulva naturally contain a certain microorganism flora due to their special structure. However, any of these organisms, which live in a balance with unsanitary conditions, can cause an infection by overproducing. This may be due to reasons such as sexual transmission or the reproduction of microorganisms due to inappropriate conditions. While the summer months provide temperature conditions where microorganisms can reproduce and multiply rapidly, in addition, when sweating and some external factors come into play, the susceptibility to vaginal infections increases significantly.


Emphasizing that temperature and humidity are among the factors that can be counted among the causes of vaginal infection, Op. Dr. Arzu Kublay listed the reasons as follows:

“Not to prefer cotton underwear, to use very tight underwear and clothes, to use daily pads that prepare the environment for microorganism growth, not to change underwear often enough, to wait for a long time with wet underwear or clothing products such as swimsuits, bikinis, to avoid the genital area after sexual intercourse. not cleaning the vagina, using soap or cosmetic products to clean the vagina, using scented pads and toilet paper, not cleaning the genital area from front to back as it should be after toilet need, taking antibiotic treatment.”


While the physiological vaginal discharge, which provides the natural moisture and lubricity of the vagina, is colorless, it can be foul-smelling, yellow, green or gray in case of vaginitis. Dr. Arzu Kublay, “In most cases of vaginitis, abnormal itching and irritation in the vulva are also seen. The reasons why many women with vaginitis apply to health institutions include severe itching in the genital area, irritation from scratching, dark colored, unusually dense and foul-smelling vaginal discharge, pain and burning during urination. Fungal infections are the most important cause of vaginitis in women. Fungal infections, which make up 75 percent of all vaginal infections, are characterized by a cheesy discharge and are manifested by problems such as burning and itching in the vulva.

Dr. Kublai continued his words as follows:

“As a result of the examination made on the sample taken from the vaginal discharge, after the infection is definitively diagnosed as bacterial, fungal or parasitic, these infections can be easily treated with the help of creams applied to the vulva, suppositories placed in the vagina or oral medications. Antifungal creams, suppositories and drugs are used in fungal infections, antibiotics and antibiotic-containing suppositories and creams are used in bacterial infections, and antiparasitic drugs, suppositories and creams are used in parasitic drugs. In some cases, treatment can be performed in the form of a combination of these.


Stating that changing damp underwear immediately, choosing cotton underwear, and cleaning the vulva and vagina with only water are very effective in preventing vaginal infections or supporting the post-infection treatment process, Dr. Kublay said, “In addition, daily pads are among the most important causes of recurrent vaginal infections. In terms of health, women should prefer to change underwear frequently instead of using daily pads. In cases such as itching, foul-smelling and unusual-looking discharge, it is of great importance to consult a doctor and seek treatment as soon as possible.

Dr. Kublai finally said:

“Untreated infections can lead to adhesions in the internal genital organs and some other problems, leading to health problems that can lead to infertility. For this reason, women who experience vaginal infections should apply to health institutions as soon as possible. On the other hand, women who get rid of vaginitis by receiving treatment should pay maximum attention to precautions such as choosing the right underwear, genital hygiene, daily pads and avoiding the use of cosmetic products for cleaning the vagina, in order to prevent the recurrence of infections.

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