Is there less stigma around taking Viagra?

Viagra use among men has tripled. We’d like you to tell us whether you take it and why

The number of prescriptions for viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs have nearly tripled in the last decade, data shows.

Some believe this is because of increased awareness among men of sildenafil, sold as the brand name Viagra, as a medication for a serious illness. They believe it has reduced stigma around erectile dysfunction.

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How Is Bacterial Vaginosis Treated?

11/08/2017 jleff 0

If you have a thin, milky vaginal discharge that’s white or gray, has a fishy odor and causes pain, itching or burning in the vagina, don’t rush to the drugstore to buy an over-the-counter treatment for a yeast infection. These are more likely symptoms of bacterial vaginosis (BV), a common vaginal infection that needs to be diagnosed by your health care professional.

Most women will experience a vaginal infection with discharge, odor and itching at some time in their life, but the symptoms and the treatment vary, depending on the type of infection. That’s why it’s important to be evaluated by your health care provider as soon as symptoms appear.

Your health care provider will likely conduct a physical examination, ask questions about your personal life and medical history and may send samples to the lab for testing.

The three main causes of vaginal discharge are BV, trichomoniasis and vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), often referred to as a “yeast infection.” Though these may produce some similar symptoms, there are differences—and they are treated differently.

For example, the discharge from VVC looks sort of like cottage cheese, while the discharge with trichomoniasis is yellowish-green. However, even a health care professional will not rely on sight alone to make a diagnosis and prescribe treatment.

Many women don’t seek medical help for vaginal symptoms. They wait for them to go away or try to self-diagnose their problem. A recent online survey of 1,969 women, conducted by HealthyWomen in partnership with Symbiomix Therapeutics, shows that only four out of 10 women visited their health care professional when they experienced abnormal vaginal discharge. The others sought advice from family, friends or the Internet; used an over-the-counter, natural or home remedy; or just waited for the symptoms to subside.

While some BV infections will resolve on their own, most do not. They can be successfully treated with prescription medications, but, if left untreated, BV can worsen, spread and increase the risk of sexually transmitted infections including HIV, as well as pelvic inflammatory disease, which may lead to infertility.

That’s why it’s important to get evaluated by a health care professional and seek treatment if you suffer from any of the following symptoms:

  • A thin white or gray milky discharge

  • A fishy odor

  • Pain, itching or burning in the vagina

  • Itching around the vagina

BV is usually curable using prescription antibiotics. These antibiotics may be oral or topical (inserted into the vagina with an applicator). All antibiotics have potential side effects, sometimes serious, so talk to your health care provider about your prescription and read labels carefully to be aware of any potential side effects.

Be sure to take antibiotics for the fully prescribed time. The most common BV prescriptions are for either five days for the vaginal creams or seven days for the oral medications. Many of the prescription treatments advise that women not drink any alcohol while taking the medication.

Because vaginal treatments can be messy and interfere with sex and oral treatments have other restrictions and side effects, some women indicate they’d prefer a different treatment. In the recent online survey about BV, nearly 9 of 10 women (88%) said they’d be interested in an oral BV medication that they would only have to take once.

With existing options, women often don’t take the full course of antibiotic treatment. Common reasons they stop include: side effects of the treatment; their symptoms disappear; or they don’t want to abstain from alcohol. If a woman does not complete the full course of treatment, it increases the likelihood of the infection returning.

Studies show there is no need to treat male sexual partners for BV, but if you have a female sexual partner, she should seek treatment if you have a BV infection.

Some evidence indicates that probiotics may help prevent and treat BV, but more research is needed.

If you suspect you may have BV, see your health care provider for a diagnosis and to discuss treatment options.

This resource was developed with the support of Symbiomix Therapeutics, LLC.

References

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/std/bv/stdfact-bacterial-vaginosis.htm
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/2010/vaginal-discharge.htm
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/candidiasis/genital/index.html

     

  4. https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/bacterial-vaginosis
  5. https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/bacterialvag/conditioninfo/Pages/faqs.aspx
  6. https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/bacterialvag/conditioninfo/Pages/cure.aspx
  7. https://www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015/bv.htm
  8. Survey results from “Do You Really Know What’s Causing Your Discharge?” (online survey conducted by HealthyWomen and Symbiomix Therapeutics, LLC, in the first quarter of 2017). Results on file with HealthyWomen and Symbiomix Therapeutics, LLC. 2017.
  9. https://www.cdc.gov/std/bv/treatment.htm
  10. http://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0315/p1285.html
  11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17633390

     

  12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24299970
  13. Bartley JB, Ferris DG, Allmond LM, et al. Personal digital assistants used to document compliance of bacterial vaginosis treatment. 2004;31(8):488-491. https://insights.ovid.com/pubmed?pmid=15273582. Accessed July 2017.
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How Is Bacterial Vaginosis Treated?

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If you have a thin, milky vaginal discharge that’s white or gray, has a fishy odor and causes pain, itching or burning in the vagina, don’t rush to the drugstore to buy an over-the-counter treatment for a yeast infection. These are more likely symptoms of bacterial vaginosis (BV), a common vaginal infection that needs to be diagnosed by your health care professional.

Most women will experience a vaginal infection with discharge, odor and itching at some time in their life, but the symptoms and the treatment vary, depending on the type of infection. That’s why it’s important to be evaluated by your health care provider as soon as symptoms appear.

Your health care provider will likely conduct a physical examination, ask questions about your personal life and medical history and may send samples to the lab for testing.

The three main causes of vaginal discharge are BV, trichomoniasis and vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), often referred to as a “yeast infection.” Though these may produce some similar symptoms, there are differences—and they are treated differently.

For example, the discharge from VVC looks sort of like cottage cheese, while the discharge with trichomoniasis is yellowish-green. However, even a health care professional will not rely on sight alone to make a diagnosis and prescribe treatment.

Many women don’t seek medical help for vaginal symptoms. They wait for them to go away or try to self-diagnose their problem. A recent online survey of 1,969 women, conducted by HealthyWomen in partnership with Symbiomix Therapeutics, shows that only four out of 10 women visited their health care professional when they experienced abnormal vaginal discharge. The others sought advice from family, friends or the Internet; used an over-the-counter, natural or home remedy; or just waited for the symptoms to subside.

While some BV infections will resolve on their own, most do not. They can be successfully treated with prescription medications, but, if left untreated, BV can worsen, spread and increase the risk of sexually transmitted infections including HIV, as well as pelvic inflammatory disease, which may lead to infertility.

That’s why it’s important to get evaluated by a health care professional and seek treatment if you suffer from any of the following symptoms:

  • A thin white or gray milky discharge

  • A fishy odor

  • Pain, itching or burning in the vagina

  • Itching around the vagina

BV is usually curable using prescription antibiotics. These antibiotics may be oral or topical (inserted into the vagina with an applicator). All antibiotics have potential side effects, sometimes serious, so talk to your health care provider about your prescription and read labels carefully to be aware of any potential side effects.

Be sure to take antibiotics for the fully prescribed time. The most common BV prescriptions are for either five days for the vaginal creams or seven days for the oral medications. Many of the prescription treatments advise that women not drink any alcohol while taking the medication.

Because vaginal treatments can be messy and interfere with sex and oral treatments have other restrictions and side effects, some women indicate they’d prefer a different treatment. In the recent online survey about BV, nearly 9 of 10 women (88%) said they’d be interested in an oral BV medication that they would only have to take once.

With existing options, women often don’t take the full course of antibiotic treatment. Common reasons they stop include: side effects of the treatment; their symptoms disappear; or they don’t want to abstain from alcohol. If a woman does not complete the full course of treatment, it increases the likelihood of the infection returning.

Studies show there is no need to treat male sexual partners for BV, but if you have a female sexual partner, she should seek treatment if you have a BV infection.

Some evidence indicates that probiotics may help prevent and treat BV, but more research is needed.

If you suspect you may have BV, see your health care provider for a diagnosis and to discuss treatment options.

This resource was developed with the support of Symbiomix Therapeutics, LLC.

References

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/std/bv/stdfact-bacterial-vaginosis.htm
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/2010/vaginal-discharge.htm
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/candidiasis/genital/index.html

     

  4. https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/bacterial-vaginosis
  5. https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/bacterialvag/conditioninfo/Pages/faqs.aspx
  6. https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/bacterialvag/conditioninfo/Pages/cure.aspx
  7. https://www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015/bv.htm
  8. Survey results from “Do You Really Know What’s Causing Your Discharge?” (online survey conducted by HealthyWomen and Symbiomix Therapeutics, LLC, in the first quarter of 2017). Results on file with HealthyWomen and Symbiomix Therapeutics, LLC. 2017.
  9. https://www.cdc.gov/std/bv/treatment.htm
  10. http://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0315/p1285.html
  11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17633390

     

  12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24299970
  13. Bartley JB, Ferris DG, Allmond LM, et al. Personal digital assistants used to document compliance of bacterial vaginosis treatment. 2004;31(8):488-491. https://insights.ovid.com/pubmed?pmid=15273582. Accessed July 2017.
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Viagra prescriptions on NHS triple in 10 years as stigma fades

11/08/2017 Sarah Marsh 0

Doctors warn of dangers of buying erectile dysfunction drugs online after £17m of unlicensed and counterfeit Viagra seized in year

The number of prescriptions for Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs has nearly tripled in the last decade as they become cheaper and carry less stigma.

Figures from NHS Digital show there were 2,958,199 prescriptions for sildenafil in 2016, compared to 1,042,431 in 2006. Prescription numbers rose by 43% between 2014 and 2015, and by 16% between 2015 and 2016.

Related: Eating disorders in men rise by 70% in NHS figures

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Will the healthcare data revolution spell the end for doctors’ autonomy?

11/08/2017 Richard Vize 0

Research by NHS Improvement has revealed doctors, medical directors and even entire hospitals that seem undisturbed by poor outcomes for patients

NHS Improvement’s drive to raise clinical standards is prising open the sensitive issue of doctors’ autonomy, and shows how the legal and professional boundaries of medicine are constantly shifting.

The Get It Right First Time programme is uncovering massive and unacceptable differences in performance, such as a 25-fold variation in orthopaedic surgical site infection rates.

Related: I have a brain tumour. I’m scared it will affect my job as a surgeon

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