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An infection is the body’s reaction to a disease-causing germ such as a bacteria, virus, or fungus. Infections that frequently affect women include:
Our caring doctors at Dignity Health provide treatment for gynecologic infections in Arizona. We have three exceptional centers of care fully dedicated to women’s health services:
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Bacteria, viruses, and fungi can all cause infections. These tiny germs live all around us. Our body’s immune system usually keeps the bad germs at bay. But, some things can increase your risk of infection, including:
Treatment and prevention options depend upon the type and severity of infection, your risk factors, lifestyle habits, and medical history.
Good hygiene practices can prevent many infections. For women, good hygiene includes:
Douching is not recommended and may actually increase the risk of infection.
Most infections that affect a woman’s reproductive and urinary tract are bacterial or fungal, so doctors commonly use antibiotic and antifungal medication to treat them. Some medications are taken by mouth. Others are applied to the genital region or inserted into the vagina.
Without treatment, women’s infections can cause further complications, including infertility. Appropriate treatment can relieve pain and discomfort and improve overall health.
Dignity Health provides comprehensive women’s health services, including treatment for gynecological infections, in Arizona.