Almost half of Brazilian women have never heard about vaginosis, an infection that has already affected 13% of the 2,000 participants in an unprecedented survey, announced this month, conducted by Intelligence in Research and Consulting (IPEC) and commissioned by the Gino-Canesten brand – a brand of Bayer Consumer Health. The survey shows that 49% of women in Brazil are unaware of the disease.
Conducted with women from all over the country, aged between 16 and 60, from classes A, B and C, the research sought to understand the relationship and knowledge of this public about their intimate health.
Usually perceived from changes in the odor and color of vaginal dischargevaginosis occurs when there is a imbalance in pH and vaginal flora. Some even end up confusing vaginosis with candidiasisbut each one has different signs and has totally different treatments, as explained by gynecologist and obstetrician Ornella Minelli.
“THE candidiasis is a vaginal infection caused by a fungus called Candida albicans, whose main symptoms are vaginal itching and a whitish, lumpy discharge. Those who have this infection do not usually report a strong smell. THE vaginosisin turn, is an infection caused by the proliferation of bacteria that already exist in the vagina, mainly the Gardnerella vaginalisand its main symptoms are grayish discharge, with a strong odor, resembling rotten fish, and bothersome in the region. Vaginosis can also cause bleeding after sexual intercourse,” warns Ornella Minelli.
As explained by the doctor, both infections originate from the imbalance of the vaginal flora and cause not only physical discomfort, but also emotional discomfort, such as insecurity and shame, as confirmed by the findings of the IPEC study.
The survey shows that 68% of respondents say that their intimate health greatly impacts their self-confidence, self-esteem and the way they see themselves. Another relevant data shown by the research is that 45% of respondents feel a certain discomfort in talking about their intimate healthWhile 30% of them feel ashamed or uncomfortable to buy medicines for their intimate health.
The research is in line with the expansion of the portfolio of Gino-Canesten, which has just launched a product for the treatment of vaginosis symptoms: Gino-Canesten Balance. It is a vaginal gel that eliminates the symptoms of vaginosis, such as the uncomfortable smell, in the first few days of use. It is the first product aimed at treating this condition, “without the need for a medical prescription”, says Bayer.
The treatment consists of hygienic applicators already filled with the right dose to be used once a day, preferably at night.
How bacterial vaginosis occurs
THE bacterial vaginosis happens when the pH of the vagina is out of balance, which allows some bad bacteria to proliferate (mainly the Gardnerella vaginalis). Its main symptoms are an intense and unpleasant odor, and grayish discharge.
“Through the glycogen and lactic acid present in the formula, the new Gino-Canesten Balance rebalances the pH and the amount of good bacteria in the vaginal flora, restoring the balance of the region and eliminating the infection. Its formula is as effective as the antibiotic commonly indicated for the treatment of this infection”, guarantees Bayer.
“I think it is important to emphasize the importance of adherence to treatment by the patient, correctly following the indicated days. I see many cases of patients who start treatment and, after a few days, when they begin to see improvement, they interrupt, and the condition regresses. treatment must be done properlyin order to avoid recurrences of the infection, or more serious issues, such as problems in the woman’s reproductive life, if not treated correctly”, emphasizes the gynecologist and obstetrician Ornella Minelli.
Talking about the topic can even generate discomfort for a large part of the population, but that does not stop them from wanting to be well-informed about the health of their intimate region. Although 85% of respondents consider themselves well informed about their intimate health, 95% of them say they want to know more about it. In other words, the dissemination of information about intimate health is essential, even so that they can identify when something is not normal.
“Talk about the intimate health, as simple as it is, it still causes embarrassment to many women. Therefore, many of them avoid talking about the subject, which ends up hindering the dissemination of important information capable of helping in the prevention and treatment of vaginosis, candidiasis and other infections”, says Ornella.
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