Yeast Infections

What is a Yeast Infection?

According to ACOG, a yeast infection (also known as, Candidiasis) is caused by an overgrowth of the fungus, Candida.

Who′s at risk of getting a vaginal yeast infection?

Women of all ages, including young girls can get vaginal yeast infections. Almost all women will get a yeast infection at some point in their life as half of those will typically get two or more. It is rare to have a yeast infection before puberty and also after menopause but it is possible.

 

Symptoms

Severe itching is a very common symptom.
Other symptoms include:

  • Burning, redness of the vulva and the vagina
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Painful urination
  • A thick, white, odorless vaginal discharge

Diagnosis

A pelvic exam will be performed by your OB/GYN to examine swelling and possible discharge.

The discharge may be collected via a cotton swab for further analysis for the presence of Candida.

 

Treatment

Typical treatment for yeast infections is anti-fungal medicine. This medicine can be purchased over the counter at your local drug store. Treatment types: Creams, tablets, ointments or suppositories.

If the yeast infection does not go away after using the over the counter medicine then your doctor may prescribe further treatment lasting up to 6 months. 

How safe is over the counter treatment?

Using over the counter yeast infection medication is safe but you should be advised from your provider. Why?

  • What you may be suffering from may not even be a yeast infection.
  • Using this medication cause cause your body to become resistant to the medicine.
  • Some medication can increase your chance of becoming pregnant by weakening condoms and diaphragms. 

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