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Vaginal Disorders
What is it?
Some discharge from the vagina is normal, but when it itches and the discharge is excessive and there is an unpleasant odour, there may be an infection. This is mostly due to candida albicans, the fungus that causes thrush. Alternatively, trichomonas, a small oval micro-organism, or a bacterium such as that causing gonorrhoea may be the cause. The vulva, the vaginal lips, may also itch as a result of a vaginal infection. After the menopause, lack of hormones may cause a dry, irritated, sore vagina. A tender swelling of the small mucus-excreting glands known as Bartholin’s glands, near the vaginal opening is known as Bartholinitis. The glands may become infected. Cancer of the vagina is rare, but cancer can spread to the vagina from the cervix. Regular cervical smear tests should detect any irregularity long before this stage.
Itching, excessive discharge, unpleasant odour, tender swelling, dry, irritated, sore vagina.
Conventional Practice:
If the discharge is caused by an infection, antibiotic or antifungal tablets or pessaries are then prescribed. Unfortunately, vaginal infections such as thrush tend to recur. For menopausal vaginitis, doctors prescribe oestrogen cream to be applied regularly to the vagina, or oral hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Swollen or infected Bartholin’s glands are treated by a minor operation to drain away the fluid or pus.
Alternative Treatments:
  Homoeopathy aims to treat the whole person. Illness is seen as a sign of disharmony or inner imbalance. More Info
  Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
  Herbal Medicine
  The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info

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