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White discharge and yeast infection

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. And white discharge also very common during vaginal yeast infection.

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.

Woman with white discharge

White discharge and 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.

White discharge and yeast infection – treatment

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.

How avoid white discharge and yeast infection

Here are a few tips to help you prevent getting a yeast 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.

Vaginal yeast infection

What exactly is a vaginal yeast infection?

A vaginal yeast 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 infection.

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