Vaginal yeast infection (so called “vaginal candida”, “vaginal candidiasis”) is caused by fungus Candida albicans. This infection is common in women. According to surveys, 3 out of 4 women will experience vaginal candida at one point in their life. Healthy vagina always contains certain amount of bacteria and yeast cells. Several factors like stress, medications, hormonal diseases and infections could change vaginal bacterial balance and cause activation of yeast cells (multiplication and spreading). Vaginal candida causes inflammation, irritation, itching and specific vaginal discharge (white cottage-like discharge).
Sometimes vaginal yeast infection can be spread through oral and genital contacts or during intercourse. But vaginal candida is not identified as sexually transmitted disease.
Vaginal candida – causes and risk factors
It was already mentioned that vaginal yeast infection is triggered by specific fungus Candida albicans which exists in the vagina in small amounts. In healthy vagina the bacteria Lactobacillus creates the special normal environment that does not encourage yeast overgrowth, but if fungus becomes dominant, it is the start of disease. Important point is why suddenly this fungus becomes dominant and causes the disease.
There are several factors which can stimulate (activate) candida multiplication:
Vaginal yeast infection (vaginal Candidiasis, Vaginal Candida) is pretty common fungal infection. According to health experts, 3 out of 4 women experience vaginal yeast infection during their lifetime. Vaginal yeast…
Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to consult your doctor for professional advice. Above mentioned information and recommendations are just general and should be adapted to each person according to personal health indicators and status.