TARRYTOWN, N.Y., June 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- With all the contradictory information out there, finding the right answers to intimate health issues can be confusing and overwhelming for young women. A new survey from MONISTAT®, makers of the #1 doctor-recommended over-the-counter vaginal yeast infection treatment, found that when it comes to dealing with yeast infections, the majority of young women are relying on advice that's plain wrong – and even harmful.
Yeast infections are so common that as many as three out of four women will experience one in their lifetime. Even so, more than half of the young women surveyed (53 percent) have no idea what to do about them.
MONISTAT® is launching "It's Time for TMI," teaming up with Dr. Lisa Masterson, a well-known OB/GYN and expert in women's health, to give young women the facts about yeast infections. Young women can visit ItsTimeforTMI.com to educate themselves about yeast infections and learn how to cure them. The site offers infographics and videos that bring to life the facts about yeast infections, with expert advice they can share with each other. It also features an interactive, five-question quiz that young women can take to test their own knowledge, and in return, receive a free sample of Chafing Relief Powder Gel® from MONISTAT™ Complete Care™.
"There's a lot of conflicting information out there about yeast infections and their treatment, so it's no surprise that young women are confused," said Dr. Lisa. "It's time to set the record straight. When it comes to your body and your health, you can never have too much information."
There are many misconceptions about what causes a yeast infection, even among young women who have experienced them first-hand. According to the survey:
- 81 percent believe having sex is a primary cause
- 67 percent think it can never be cured
- 59 percent believe it is highly contagious
- 52 percent blame laptop heat
- 30 percent think using a condom will reduce their risk.
To be clear, none of these are risk factors for yeast infections. Of those who have experienced yeast infections, two in five (42 percent) reported feeling self-conscious, more than half (55 percent) said they were afraid of being negatively judged by others, and that it made them feel dirty.
"A yeast infection is no big deal because it is as easily treatable as it is common," said Dr. Lisa. "MONISTAT® can begin to relieve symptoms soon after the first dose, with a full cure after seven days. It's prescription strength without the prescription and starts curing on contact."
To learn more about yeast infections, visit ItsTimeforTMI.com and take the TMI quiz to receive a free sample of the MONISTAT™ Complete Care™ Chafing Relief Powder Gel®.*
To learn more about treatment options offered by MONISTAT® or for a downloadable product coupon, visit Monistat.com.
The online consumer survey was conducted among a sample of 1,000 women between the ages of 16-24.
*While supplies last.
MONISTAT® is the #1 doctor-recommended over-the-counter, antifungal yeast infection treatment that relieves symptoms and cures the infection. The brand offers a portfolio of cure products, including 1-, 3- and 7-Day treatments, which are available in three forms – ovule, cream and suppository – and are designed to help women confidently address their vaginal health needs on their terms. The active ingredient in MONISTAT® is miconazole nitrate**. Regardless of the dose (1-,3-, or 7-day treatments), it will take up to seven days to fully cure the infection. The brand also offers the MONISTAT® Complete Care™ line, which includes an Instant Itch Relief Cream, Vaginal Health Test, Stay Fresh Feminine Freshness Gel, and Chafing Relief Powder Gel®. For a complete list of MONISTAT® products, visit Monistat.com.
**One product, Monistat® Simple Therapy™, contains the active ingredient tioconazole.
About Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc.
Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. markets and distributes brand name over-the-counter and household cleaning products throughout the U.S., Canada, and certain international markets. Core brands include Chloraseptic® sore throat treatments, Clear Eyes® eye care products, Compound W® wart treatments, The Doctor's® NightGuard® dental protector, the Little Remedies® and PediaCare® lines of pediatric over-the-counter products, Efferdent® denture care products, Luden's® throat drops, Dramamine® motion sickness treatment, BC® and Goody's® pain relievers, Beano® gas prevention, Debrox® earwax remover, and Gaviscon® antacid.
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