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Survey Reveals Roughly 3 in 5 Women May be Mistreating Their Yeast Infections

Thu, 09/09/2010 - 8:33am
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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."

Over-the-Counter Cure

  • Thirty-eight percent (38 percent) of women mistakenly beli

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