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Vegan-Friendly OTC Yeast Infection Medications

What is a yeast infection? 

Candida Albicans

Yeast infections, also known as vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), are common fungal infections that cause irritation, pain, discharge, and itching of the vagina and vulva usually due to an overgrowth of Candida albicans. VVC is the most prevalent human candida infection, estimated to afflict approximately 75% of all women at least once in their lifetime with an 8% recurrence. Although candidal vulvovaginitis is more common in sexually active women, evidence for sexual transmission is lacking.


A yeast infection is typically not serious but if left untreated, it can worsen and cause increasing discomfort and potential complications. Treating the infection with antifungal agents promptly can help alleviate the symptoms and promote healing. Consulting a healthcare professional for tailored diagnosis and treatment is advisable to address any underlying conditions effectively.


Classification of vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC)

Uncomplicated (Must meet ALL of the following)

Complicated (Must meet at least ONE of the following)

  • Sporadic or infrequent VVC

  • Mild-to-moderate VVC

  • Likely to be Candida albicans

  • Non-immunocompromised women

  • Recurrent VVC

  • Severe VVC

  • Non-albicans candidiasis

  • Women with diabetes, immunocompromising conditions, deficiencies, or therapy

What causes the infection?

Vaginal yeast infections occur when there is an overgrowth of Candida in the vagina. Candidiasis is an opportunistic infection that occurs more frequently and severely in people with weakened immune systems. Additional risk factors include taking antibiotics, pregnancy, having uncontrolled diabetes, and estrogen and progesterone imbalances due to hormonal birth control.

 

What are the signs and symptoms of a yeast infection? 

  • Burning and/or Itching

  • Redness

  • Swelling of the vagina and the vulva

  • Soreness

  • Pain during urination or intercourse

  • A thick, white, odorless discharge


Vegan-friendly over-the-counter (OTC) options for uncomplicated VVC

We at VeganMed are happy to share that all 5 options are animal-free. OTC antifungal medications such as tioconazole (Vagistat 1) and miconazole (Vagistat 3, Vagistat 7, Monistat 3) damage the cell walls of fungi responsible for the infection, providing relief. Boric acid vaginal suppositories inhibit fungal growth by preventing fungal reproduction. With proper treatment and care, most women can effectively manage and prevent vaginal yeast infections.

Medication

Company

Animal-Free

Vagisil

Yes

Vagisil

Yes

Vagistat 7 Yeast Infection Treatment (miconazole)

Vagisil

Yes

Monistat 3-Day Treatment Combination Pack Prefilled Cream (miconazole)

Prestige Consumer Healthcare Inc.

Yes

Flower Power

Yes

Vagistat 1, Vagistat 3, Vagistat 7, Monistat 3, Boric Acid Vaginal Suppositories

Non-pharmacologic recommendations

  • Practicing good hygiene

  • Wearing loose-fitting clothing

  • Wearing cotton underwear

  • Avoiding irritants like scented soaps or douches


Conclusion:

Vaginal yeast infections, though usually not severe, can be quite uncomfortable. Over-the-counter remedies like Vagistat, Monistat, and boric acid vaginal suppositories provide relief and are accessible at nearby pharmacies and stores. It's crucial to understand that while these infections are common and generally mild, they might indicate other underlying health issues. Therefore, it is recommended to consult a healthcare professional if you notice any signs or symptoms of infection.


Co-authored by: Ana Rosca

 

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