Over 75% of all women will get a yeast infection at some point in their lives. So, while unpleasant, yeast infections are really quite common.
If you are experiencing the following symptoms, chances are you may have a yeast infection:
- Mild to intense vaginal itching;
- A lumpy, white vaginal discharge that resembles cottage cheese;
- Vaginal soreness, irritation or burning, especially during intercourse;
- Redness around the vagina.
If you’re experiencing frequently recurring infections, abdominal pain, fever, foul-smelling or greenish, grayish vaginal discharge, you may have another type of infection (STIs) and should consult your doctor.
Yeast infection causes
There are a number of factors that can cause a yeast infection, including:
Antibiotics – Antibiotics are designed to destroy disease-causing organisms. Unfortunately, antibiotics can also kill some of the bacteria found in the vagina. When this happens, an overgrowth of Candida organisms (a yeast infection) may occur.
Diabetes – The vagina may experience an increase in available sugar when your blood sugar is not well controlled, thereby allowing yeast to grow more rapidly.
Menstruation – Changes in hormone levels in the vagina during menstruation may contribute to yeast infections.
Pregnancy – As levels of estrogen increase during pregnancy, the chance of a yeast infection increases until the time of delivery.
Hygiene – Vaginal deodorants, perfumed soaps, bubble baths or douching may cause vaginal irritation and upset the normal balance.
Clothing – Tight jeans, wet bathing suits, nylon underwear and panty-hose can retain heat and moisture, creating an environment that encourages the growth of yeast.
Yeast infection discharge
Yeast infection treatment
Monists is a popular treatment for yeast vaginal infection. When treating with either MONISTAT* 1, 3 or 7 Day, if your symptoms do not improve in 3 days, or you still have symptoms after 7 days, you should call your doctor.
Yeast infection prevention
Here are a few tips to help you prevent getting a yeast vaginal infection, or to avoid one from keep coming back:
- Wear cotton or other natural fabric underclothes that “breathe”.
- Dry your genital area thoroughly after swimming or bathing.
- Try to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet.
- Avoid using douches, feminine hygiene sprays and perfumed soaps.
- Avoid stressful situations.
- Check with your doctor about using MONISTAT* miconazole nitrate when taking antibiotics.
What exactly is a vaginal yeast infection?
Yeast vaginal infection is a condition caused most commonly by an overgrowth of yeast called Candida. Candida is always present in/on your body. When an imbalance occurs, perhaps due to a change in the pH balance of the vagina or a change in your hormonal balance, Candida can multiply excessively and you may experience symptoms known as a yeast vaginal infection. (extracts from monistat.ca)
Vaginal yeast infection
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