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Recurrent yeast infection

Some women suffer from recurrent yeast infection which disturb their life and create several problems. In all cases Candida albicans is responsible – it is a kind of fungus that exist in small numbers in vagina and gastrointestinal tract without creating any problems. But sometimes candida starts proliferation and multiplication out of control and that is how vaginal yeast infection appears. About 70-75 % of women would get vaginal yeast infection at least once in their lives. Among infected women, about 50% experience recurrent yeast infection which is considered as chronic vulvovaginal candidiasis.

Recurrent yeast infection – causes

  • Hormonal on-going disturbances triggered by frequent pregnancies, birth control pills or other hormonal contraception, any kind of hormonotherapy;
  • Frequent forced antibiotic therapy which can change normal bacteria balance in the vagina;
  • Badly treated diabetes which cause increased levels of sugar in vaginal membranes; and sugar feeds fungus and stimulates not controlled growth;
  • Depressed immune system which could develop by HIV or after chemotherapy or after severe stress;
  • Obesity which caused obesity skin folds and more moisture body zones combined with increased body/skin temperature (most favorable environment for fungus growth and multiplication);
  • Habit wearing tight synthetic underwear and clothes (not breathing and keeping moisture);
  • Regular use of products that irritate vagina (scented soap or other products, long baths with bubbles, vaginal deodorant or intimate perfume) which could change healthy bacteria balance in genitals;
  • Wrong diet full of sugary products which is beneficial for yeast infection because sugar stimulated fundus growth and spread;
  • Transmission from not treated sexual partner.

Recurrent yeast infection – common symptoms

Recurrent yeast infection

  • White cottage-cheese-like vaginal discharge or white thick curd-like discharge;
  • Disturbing vaginal itching;
  • Specific vaginal odor (yeast smell or bread smell);
  • Vaginal irritation and redness;
  • Increased vaginal sensitivity;
  • Burning sensation during urination;
  • Pain or burning sensation during intercourse.

Recurrent yeast infection – prevention

Generally speaking, all above mentioned recurrent chronic yeast infection causes should be prevented. Sometimes just lifestyle changes or treatment of existing diabetes or changing cloths could eliminate yeast infection recurrence.

Let’s pay special attention to some preventive measures.

Yeast infection could return because vaginal warm moisture environment is the most comfortable for fungus – all measures should be taken for changing vaginal environment;

Daily habits to wear synthetic underwear and cloths cannot insure proper ventilation and could cause more moisture – switch to cotton breathing underwear and cloths which will reduce skin temperature and moisture;

Sleeping in warm pajama keeps vagina very warm, moisture and without ventilation – start sleeping naked which will keep vagina free and ventilated;

Tight cloths (especially very tight jeans or spandex) trigger increased blood circulation in the vagina causing increased temperature and moisture (beneficial for yeast infection) – better wear loose modern cotton cloths which will not change vaginal environment;

Daily habit to wipe from back to front could transmit some fungus from gastrointestinal system – change your wrong habit and start wiping from front to back after using the toilet;

Antibiotics keel many useful vaginal bacteria causing yeast infection activization and chronic use of antibiotics could be the cause of your recurrent vaginal yeast infection – try to avoid antibiotics as much as possible, switching more to natural remedies;

Intercourse in the middle of treatment could cause yeast infection recurrence – abstain from sex until the infection is fully treated and tested after treatment;

Some vaginal manipulations such as vaginal douching, tampons, sex toys or vaginal contraception could change vaginal bacteria balance – avoid any vaginal interferences.

Remember, vaginal yeast infection recurrence always triggered by some on-going factors or daily lifestyle habits.

Recurrent yeast infection – treatment

Treatments for recurring vaginal yeast infection is always complicated. Doctor could provide adequate treatment but if would continue not healthy habits or is the cause of yeast infection still remains, chronic yeast infection would become a part of your life.

Anti-fungal medications are pretty effective and your doctor with provide prescriptions for whole course of treatment. Natural remedies for yeast infection also could be very useful (see on next page).

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