A vaginal yeast infection is one of the most common infections that women can get. In fact, it’s been estimated that about 75% of all women will experience at least one of these infections in their lifetime. And between 5 to 8 % of women experience chronic yeast infections, meaning more than four each year.
What Is It?
This type of infection occurs due to an overgrowth of yeast in the vagina. Yeast or candida albicans, is a type of fungus, classifying this as a fungal infection. You may also hear it referred to as Candida Vagnitis and Vulvovaginal Candidiasis.
How Do You Get One?
As we have already discovered this infection happens due to an overgrowth of yeast inside of the vagina. This overgrowth can occur due to…
- Medications (including birth control)
- HIV and Other Infections (that weaken the immune system)
- Vaginal Douching, Suppositories, Scented Tampons (products that disrupt the natural vaginal pH level)
- Consistent Use Of Restrictive Clothing
- Poor Vaginal Hygiene
- High Sugar Diets
What Are The Symptoms?
Understanding to recognize your symptoms is the first step in your diagnosis of a vaginal yeast infection. Women can experience some or all of the symptoms listed below.
- Intense Vaginal Itching
- Swollen, Reddened, or Inflamed Labia
- Burning During Sex or Urination
- White Clumpy Discharge (looks like cottage cheese)
- Slight Yeast-Like Odor
How Do You Treat These Infections?
Treating a vaginal yeast infection is done successfully with an anti-fungal agent. These are widely available without a prescription, as these infections are fairly common. You can get these products online or at your local drugstore.
It’s recommended to refrain from sexual intercourse until the infection is cured. In rare cases, you can infect your partner with this condition.