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Thursday, June 3, 2010

All about Vaginal Yeast Infections

What is a Vaginal Yeast Infection?

Yeast is a fungus, naturally present in the vagina. Normally, the amount of yeast is small. A yeast infection means that there is an abnormal amount of yeast cell build up growing in the vagina. Although the infection is common and easy to treat, it can be very uncomfortable for women.

What is a Vaginal Yeast Infection caused by?

The vagina contains a certain amount of bacteria that controls the amount of yeast. If the bacteria amount is affected and an unbalanced level occurs, additional yeast cells start to grow.

Common causes of the unbalanced level of bacteria are if you are taking antibiotics, if you have a change in estrogen levels due to pregnancy or hormone replacement therapy, if you have diseases like diabetes or HIV, or if you are taking birth control, menstruating, or allow sperm to enter during sex. Women who are pregnant or have experienced menopause are also more likely to get yeast infections.

What are the symptoms of a Vaginal Yeast Infection?

Most women experience itching, soreness, a burning sensation during urination or sex, and a thick, white, clumpy, odorless discharge.

How can you treat a Vaginal Yeast Infection?

Treatment can usually be handled with over the counter medications like antifungal cream, a suppository, or antifungal tablets. Most times the infection will clear on it’s on but if not, or if you are experiencing yeast infections on a regular basis, it is important to visit a doctor to make sure everything is ok. They may recommend a yeast infection treatment or prescription medication.

How can you prevent a Vaginal Yeast Infection?

The following methods will help eliminate the chance of getting a yeast infection…

• Wear cotton underwear instead of synthetic fabrics that don't let you breathe as well
• Change out of wet clothing and swimsuits right away
• Avoid scented feminine products and toilet paper
• Use unscented detergents and washes in your genital area
• Use a pH balanced feminine wash for your genital area on a daily basis
• Be sure to use protection during sexual intercourse

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December 17, 2015 at 10:07 PM  
Blogger Evie Dawson said...

The main symptom of a vaginal yeast infection is itching, but burning, discharge, and pain with urination or intercourse can also occur. Treatment involves topical or oral antifungal medications.

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