Some gynecological diseases require medicine of local action. These are vaginal suppositories, pills, and capsules. Such medications are prescribed in cases of various pelvic inflammatory diseases and sexually transmitted infections of fungi-related inflammation.
These types of medicines start to act fast due to their closeness to the inflammatory hotbed. They are effective in removing the symptoms that cause a woman discomfort, like itching, burning, or irritation. But sometimes suppositories aren’t enough to fight the disease that has caused these symptoms. This is why treatment should be comprehensive and include oral medicine as well.
Suppositories can have different properties. Some of them have active components that help treat the disease, some help vaginal microbiota restore after certain problems, for example, an antibiotic course. Capsules and vaginal pills are harder than suppositories, but all those means of local treatment are easily dissolved in the vagina.
Are Suppositories Compatible With Menstruation?
Diseases don’t ask us when they can appear. Therefore, it’s quite possible that your course of suppositories will be appointed on a term that may include your menstruation. What to do in such a case? Many women doubt that it’s a good idea to insert medicine into a bleeding vagina.
The first thing that makes them worry is the chance that medicine will just leak out of the vagina with menstrual blood. The second one is an open cervix during menstruation. How to act if your doctor has prescribed you such treatment during your menstruation?
There are several things you should know about this combination.
- Some suppositories, tablets or capsules contain substances that make them resistible to fluids. That means such medicine will not be washed away by menstrual blood no matter how heavy your menstruations are.
- Every woman’s body is unique. Some women have heavy periods, some have light. Women who have light periods should not be afraid that medicine will be washed away.
- If you have heavy bleedings and were prescribed suppositories, vaginal pills or capsules during your menstruation, you can compromise. In most cases, except with dysmenorrhea, uterine fibroids or other serious diseases, menstrual bleeding isn’t that intense. There are several days when it isn’t very heavy. Usually, it’s the first day and the last day. At nights, it’s usually lighter as well because you sleep and don’t move. You can use this time to insert a suppository. A break for a few days' won’t affect the efficiency of your treatment.
How to Be Sure You’re Doing Everything Safely?
- Never insert anything into your vagina without your doctor’s prescription. If something bothers you, make an appointment rather than going to Google or asking friends. Only a doctor can give you a professional consultation and prescribe the proper treatment.
- The doctor that prescribes your treatment should know when you’ve had your last menstruation, when do you expect the next one and how long is your average cycle. This will help the specialist plan your treatment so that menstruation won’t affect its results.
It is crucial to choose a well-qualified gyno with a good reputation to be sure your treatment will be successful and won’t harm your health. If anything about your prescription bothers you, consult one or several more specialists and compare the diagnoses.