How To Know If You Have a Vaginal Yeast Infection

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Women the world over suffer from yeast infections. It is one of the most uncomfortable conditions that a woman can go through in her life. Candida is the scientific name for the vaginal yeast fungus. The yeast fungus that most commonly causes vaginal yeast infections is called Candida albicans. Approximately 50% of healthy women carry yeast on their vaginal walls. It is also present on human skin. Yeast infections happen when there is an increased quantity of yeast present compared to the other ‘good’ bacteria. When you take an antibiotic and it wipes out your ‘good bacteria’ the yeast will multiply and take over!

Injury to the vagina can also cause yeast infections. Chemotherapy and women with immune system deficiencies tend to see more yeast infections than the general population. Other causes may be pregnancy, and birth control pills. Douches also play a big role in causing yeast infections.

A yeast infection is NOT a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Celibate women get this disease as well since the yeast is already present in their system. Men can, however, develop skin irritations from intercourse with an infected sexual partner. Here are the symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection.

Yeast infections carry symptoms that also occur in other conditions. These are called Non Specific Symptoms.

One symptom is extreme itching in the vaginal area.

Another symptom is burning upon urination.

There will most likely be soreness of the infected area.

There will be pain during urination or sexual intercourse.

There is always a thick white discharge that resembles cottage cheese.

There are over the counter medicines for vaginal yeast infections. These take from one to five days to cure the infection. There is usually itch relief the first day. If it is your first infection or you are unsure, please seek the advice of your doctor.

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