If you are prone to vaginal yeast infections and suffer from persistent odors or uncomfortable itching, you probably have tried over-the-counter medications with no long-term results. For sure, recurrent yeast infections can be stressful for many women- but have you ever wonder if stress could be one of the culprits for the continued issues? 

According to Lauren Streicher, MD, Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn at Northwestern University, vaginal yeast infections and stress are completely unrelated. 

“So this is very easy there's no relationship between these two,” said the doctor to Latin Times. Simple yeast infections are mostly caused by a yeast called Candida albicans and are easily treatable. “Basically yeast is the fungus that some women will always carry in their vagina," said Dr. Streicher. "Then when they get the symptoms where they have cottage cheese discharge and itching they should know they might have an infection,” she added.

If you have the symptoms the next step is very simple. Dr. Streicher suggests intaking probiotics like RePhresh Pro B, and completely avoid over-the-counter intimate wash. "Don't use all kinds of crazy washes," advices Dr. Streicher. "Those feminine washes talk about pH because they weren't made to help with the problem from the inside of the vagina. They don't work at all and it is kind of like washing your face to clean your teeth."

Probiotic, like RePhresh Pro B, brings friendly bacteria into the body with the intention to promote a healthy environment. These bacteria also help the digestive system, urinary tract. Vaginal probiotics provide probiotic lactobacillus that works with your body to balance yeast and bacteria.

The gynecologist pointed out "the FDA has no jurisdiction over these products because they're essentially categorized as cosmetics" adding that companies "can say whatever they want." Dr. Streicher recommends "buyers should be aware and check with their doctor before they use any of these products."

As reported by the FDA the law doesn’t require cosmetic companies to share their safety information, meaning that if a cosmetic over-the-counter product gives you a rash, such as raised red bumps, either smooth or crusty, redness, irritation, or burning of the skin in the area you should stop using the product and contact your healthcare provider right away.