Increase in female problems?
Posted 03 June 2010 - 11:33 AM
Here is what I would like to know. I've noticed an increase in vaginal infections. I was checked out by my OB/GYN last fall (before I knew I had CREST) and everything was fine but I just seem to get infections easier now. Has anyone else had the same problem? I have waited for weeks to ask this question in this forum because I am a little embarrased. But I just wondered if anyone else has had the same problem? If so, how do you deal with it?
Thank you in advance!!
Posted 03 June 2010 - 03:44 PM
Posted 03 June 2010 - 03:51 PM
I couldn't find anything directly linking scleroderma and an increased susceptibility to vaginal infections, but candida (a fungus) overgrowth in the GI tract is not uncommon in scleroderma patients. I wouldn't be surprised if some of us did have more infections that we'd been used to. Another thought is that at 55 your hormone levels would probably be haywire and you might be experiencing some vaginal dryness - either due to scleroderma-related sicca syndrome or menopause. I think that can predispose a woman to infections, but I'm no doctor! And then there is the effects of certain medications~ At any rate, here is a good link from Medscape:
Treatment of Vaginal Fungal Infection: Risk Factors for Candidal Infection
We also have a good page on Scleroderma and Sexuality that you might want to have a look at.
I know when I was first diagnosed, I was perfectly willing to blame every little thing on scleroderma. Fortunately that wears off! I'm sure my rheumatologist was glad it did.
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Posted 04 June 2010 - 02:02 AM
This forum is a great place to come and get familiar with my disease. It's such a comfort to have a safe place to ask questions and just feel like I am not the only person with this. Thank you again for your replies!
Have a great day.
Posted 04 June 2010 - 11:49 AM
Firstly you have no need to ever feel embarrassed asking what you need; we are all ladies and all suffer the same things lol :happy1-by-lisa-volz:n I am 52 and for a couple of years suffered awfully with sore groin areas and sore "bits", thrush/candida problems, and no matter what I did/didn't do it would come back and be a pain, age and menopause and sclero doesn't help things, but I have found having a nightly emoillient bath and putting a bland moisturiser used for eczema and the like on my whole body and a good application in the nether regions has stopped it in its tracks and also helped to make things so much more comfortable in the intimate side of things!! If you want the names of what I use please send me a personal message on my profile and I'll tell you, okay?
Hugs and warmth,