How to use 3-day yeast infection treatment
If you're using 3-day yeast infection treatment for the first time or just want a refresher on how it works, here's our comprehensive guide to treating yeast infections.
What's a vaginal yeast infection?
A healthy vagina naturally has a balance of yeast and bacteria. A yeast infection, also referred to as ‘‘monilia’’ or ‘‘candidiasis,’’ occurs when your vagina’s balance is disrupted and there is an overgrowth of yeast (candida). Symptoms include itching, burning, and irritation around the vagina and vulva.
How do I know if I have a yeast infection?
- Vaginal itching
- Vaginal discharge that may be thick, white, and lumpy like cottage cheese
- Vaginal soreness, irritation, or burning
- Rash or redness on the skin outside the vagina
- Burning during urination
- Painful vaginal intercourse
You can know with confidence whether you have a yeast infection by using our Vaginal pH Test which works to detect potential vaginal infections.
Vaginal yeast infections do not cause the following symptoms. If you have these symptoms, contact your primary care physician.
- Nausea or vomiting
- Rash or hives
- Lower abdominal, back or shoulder pain
- Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
- A missed period
- Have vaginal yeast infections often (such as one a month or three in six months)
- Have been exposed to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS
How do you treat yeast infections?
You can treat yeast infections by using the following methods:
- Suppositories: A common treatment for yeast infections, suppositories are solid, egg-shaped balls of medicine that you insert into your vagina using a plastic applicator once a day.
- Anti-fungal creams: Similar to suppositories, these vaginal creams are used inside the vagina to treat the infection. Some treatments also come with creams to relieve external itching on your vulva.
Prescription antibiotics: You can also get a prescription for an oral medication to treat your yeast infection. Keep in mind that prescription pills are not always effective against all kinds of yeast, and that oral anti-fungal medications are not recommended for those who are pregnant as they can lead to birth defects and miscarriage.
What's included in Stix 3-Day Yeast Infection Treatment?
Stix 3-day treatment for vaginal yeast infections includes 3 vaginal suppositories to treat the infection with 3 disposable applicators. You'll also find a tube of cream to relieve external itching and irritation that you can use for 7 days. If you've never experienced a yeast infection or have any questions, talk with your primary care provider before using the treatment.
How to use vaginal suppositories
Step 1: For best results, insert the suppository right before bed at night. Laying down for an extended period of time will help with absorption.
Step 2: Tear one suppository off from the strip. With your thumb and forefinger on each hand, hold the plastic tabs and pull apart.
Step 3: Remove the suppository from the packaging and place it in the top of the applicator so it is sturdy and will not fall out.
Step 4: Either lay on your back with your knees bent or stand with your feet apart and knees bent. Hold the applicator (with the suppository inside) and gently insert the applicator into the vagina as far as it will comfortably go.
Step 5: With one hand on the base of the applicator, use the other hand to push the plunger all the way through (you want the suppository as far back in the vagina as possible).
Step 6: Remove the applicator from your vagina and throw it away. Don’t flush it down the toilet!
Step 7:Take a liner or pad and place it in your underwear to protect against any stains from the suppository. This step is optional!
Step 8: The suppository will completely dissolve in your vagina and does not require any removal. Repeat these steps for the next two nights to complete treatment.
How to use external vulvar cream
Step 1: Unscrew the cap on the tube. If it is your first time opening it, place the sharp point of the cap into the seal. Push down firmly until the seal is open.
Step 2: Squeeze a small amount of cream on your fingertip.
Step 3: Apply the cream onto the itchy and irritated skin outside of your vagina.
Step 4: Screw the cap back on the tube.
Step 5: Reapply each morning and at bedtime for up to 7 days, as needed.
Keep in mind
When using Stix 3-Day Yeast Infection Treatment, avoid using tampons, douches, spermicides, or other vaginal products and refrain from vaginal intercourse. Condoms and diaphragms may be damaged and fail to prevent pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your primary care provider before using. If symptoms do not dissipate after a week, contact your primary care provider.
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