SKILLMAN, N.J., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- For more information, please go to: http://monistat.presslift.com/yeastinfections.
Few women go through life having never suffered from the uncomfortable symptoms of a yeast infection. In fact, nearly 3 in 4 (72 percent) women will experience their first yeast infection before age 25. (1) Furthermore, the incidence of yeast infections is highest among young women ages 18-24 (2), who are new to the category and uncertain about symptoms and available treatment options. According to a recent survey of women ages 18-24 commissioned by the MONISTAT® Brand, sixty-one percent (61 percent) of young women are unsure about which, if any, over the-counter products can cure a yeast infection.
"Many women don't realize that once they've identified they have a yeast infection they can easily treat it on their own terms," said Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, a board-certified OB/GYN who practices in Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Lenz, a partner in the MONISTAT® survey, reviewed the full results and offers the following advice to help cure the confusion around yeast infections:
Cure vs. Care
- More than 1/3 (37 percent) of women incorrectly believe that treating the symptoms of a yeast infection is the same as curing the infection.
"I see many women who have unsuccessfully tried to treat their yeast infections," said Dr. Lenz. "One of the biggest mistakes I see my patients make is using external symptom relief creams, such as Vagisil® (3) to treat a yeast infection. Vagisil®(4) does not cure the infection; it only temporarily masks or relieves symptoms."
- Thirty-eight percent (38 percent) of women mistakenly