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What are the treatment options for female genital problems?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

There are a variety of treatment options for female genital problems. In some cases, no medical treatment may be necessary—women may simply avoid sex and relieve symptoms with home remedies like bathing or cool compresses. In other cases, especially for yeast infections or other minor bacterial infections, over-the-counter medications may be useful. For more severe infections or sexually-transmitted diseases, prescription medications such as antibiotics may be needed. If cancer is the cause of female genital problems, more extensive treatment—ranging from surgery to radiation therapy—may be necessary.

To manage female genital problems on a daily basis, it's important to talk to your doctor about treatment options. Follow your doctors' advice regarding over-the-counter or prescription medications. It's also very important to continue practicing good hygiene, which includes washing your genital area with mild soap and drying thoroughly. Wear loose-fitting clothes to prevent the genital area from becoming more irritated. If you've been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease, it's important to avoid sex until you've completed treatment. You should also notify any sex partners of your diagnosis so that they can be tested and treated if necessary.

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