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Can an overdose of antibiotics give you a vaginal infection? Let’s find out

Published on:16 March 2021, 10:37am IST
Antibiotics are not party poppers. So, make sure to think a million times before consuming them, because ladies, they can wreak havoc on your vagina!
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Consuming antibiotics in large quantities isn’t good for your vagina. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Most of us don’t even think twice from popping those painkillers, when need be. It doesn’t even strike that antibiotics can mess up with our immune function. But what if we tell you that they can be harmful for your vaginal health? Don’t believe us? Unfortunately, it’s true. There’s scientific research to show that an overdose of antibiotics can lead to vaginal infections.

Well, that’s a little obvious because when your immunity is at an all-time low, your vagina will also be more prone to attacks by pathogens. Due to this, you experience recurring vaginal infections that lead to discomfort, foul smell, and a curdy discharge.

That’s why we must be very cautious before popping that pill. 

Here’s how antibiotics mess up with your system

According to Dr Aruna Kalra, senior gynaecologist and obstetrician at CK Birla Hospital, Gurugram, antibiotics can have various side effects like allergic reactions and diarrhoea. It can affect your gut by changing the amount and type of bacteria present in it. These changes in the gut lead to nausea, vomiting, and other gastrointestinal side effects. They can also weaken the immune system. 

“When it comes to your vagina, antibiotics can kill good as well as bad bacteria. This makes you more vulnerable to infections. Antibiotics allow the bad bacteria to overgrow in the gut and they may travel to the vagina, causing infections. Antibiotics also affect the vaginal pH balance,” explains Dr Kalra. 

Here’s all that can happen to your vagina

Overdose of antibiotics can cause yeast infections in the vagina. These infections are also called fungal infections or vaginal candidiasis. Antibiotics are also the cause of bacterial vaginosis. 

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Don’t let vaginal infections become a part of your life. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Here are some symptoms of vaginal infections:

  • A burning sensation around the vulva
  • White and odourless vaginal discharge
  • Pain during sex
  • Pain during urination
  • Increase in vaginal discharge
Dr Kalra shared some other prominent reasons to avoid antibiotics
  • Antibiotics kill the good bacteria present in the gut that helps you to maintain your overall health.
  • They have a lot of side effects including rashes, abdominal pain, fever, headache, insomnia and dizziness.
  • They reduce microbiome diversity

So, the next time you have muscle pain, flu, or any other illness, look for some holistic solutions. And only opt for an antibiotic when things go out of hand and that too, when your doctor asks you to do so. This way, you will not just be able to restore your immune system, but you will protect your vaginal health as well.

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

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