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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 41-49

Effect of ingestion of yogurt containing Lactobacillus acidophilus on vulvovaginal candidiasis among women attending a gynecological clinic

1 El Fayoum School in El Fayoum General Hospital, El Fayoum Governorate, Egypt
2 Faculty of Nursing, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
3 Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

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BSN Safaa Fares
El Madina El Senaiea, Takseem Nasar, El Fayoum
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ENJ.ENJ_8_17

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Background Vaginal infection is the most common complaint during childbearing. Aim The aim of the present study was to assess the effect of yogurt intake on relieving symptoms of vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC). Design This study was quasi-experimental in nature. Setting The study was conducted at the outpatient gynecological clinic at El Fayoum General Hospital. Sample A purposive sample of 200 women with VVC assigned into two groups was used in the study. The first group (control group) received medical care only, whereas the second group (study group) received medical care and yogurt. The researcher determined certain days for the research group and other days for the control group. Tools Researcher designed this tool. The first tool was a structure interview and the second was assessment and follow-up schedule for the symptom of VVC. Results The findings of our study indicated no statistically significant differences between groups as regards sociodemographic characteristics. The mean age was 27.97±5.73 years in the study group, whereas it was 27.18±5.35 years in the control group. As regards educational level there was no statistically significant difference between groups (χ2=1.754, P=0.15). Regarding monthly income there was no statistically significant difference between groups (χ2=1.245, P=0.21). Moreover, as regards assessment symptom of VVC there was a statistically significant difference between groups. Conclusion Yogurt contains probiotic bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus that are beneficial against mucosal candida infections and their beneficial actions by suppressing the growth of candida, and thus yogurt intake can relieve symptoms of VVC. Recommendation Yogurt intake (one large cup without sugar daily) can relieve symptoms of VVC.

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