Vaginal Yeast Infections – What You Should Know
According to the Mayo Clinic, three out of four women will experience a yeast infection at one point in their lives.
Even though they’re common, vaginal yeast infections are one of the most misunderstood health problems in women. To avoid the misconceptions associated with vaginal yeast infections, here’s everything you should know.
Vaginal yeast infections, also known as candidiasis, are an infection of the vagina that is caused by the overgrowth of the fungus, Candida albicans. Yeast infections caused by Candida albicans are typically easy to treat, so if you have recurring yeast infections or yeast infections that are difficult to get rid of, it’s most likely caused by a different type of Candida.
What Causes Yeast Infections?
Yeast infections can be caused by a variety of things, including:
- Antibiotics – (Antibiotics lower the amount of amount of lactobacillus, or good bacteria, in the vagina).
- Weak immune system.
- Poor nutrition.
- Hormonal imbalance.
Yeast Infection Symptoms
Most women experience the following symptoms when they have a yeast infection:
- Itching around and inside the vagina.
- Whitish-gray vaginal discharge. (It’s usually thick)
- Pain during intercourse.
- Vaginal rash.
- Pain during urination.