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Vaginal Yeast Infections

Vaginal yeast infections are a health problem so common that most women develop it one time or the other in their life. The degree of the infection can vary in individuals and so some woman experience a higher degree of infection than others. Whatever be the extent to which you are affected, these infections are never a joke. Vaginal yeast infection occurs when the natural fungus, named candida, that lives in and around your vagina grows at a more rapid rate than normal.

The most frequent symptoms of vaginal yeast infections include:

  • Severe itching in the vagina and/or vulva
  • Odorless white, thick, cottage-cheese feel vaginal discharge
  • Noticeable irritation in the vulva
  • Discomfort in the affected area
  • Pain during urination and/or sex

There are many reasons for this infection. Eating sugary foods, not having enough sleep and stress are some of the most major causes which will make the fungus to grow. When you have higher sugar in your body, it provides a good ambiance for the yeast to multiply and develop the infection. This is exactly why diabetic people tend to have vaginal yeast infections more often. Also, some medicines, such as antibiotics can pave the way to these infections. Some other triggers for vaginal yeast infections are hormone changes that occur with pregnancy and your monthly periods. Yet another cause is HIV. This is because HIV attacks your immune system and makes it weaker which puts you at a higher risk to have an infection of any kind, particularly yeast. Yeast infection is not an STD or sexually transmitted disease since this fungus is biologically present in the vagina. On the other hand, it can be transmitted to the woman's partner, and give him an itchy rash.

There are many over the counter medications available to successfully fight a yeast infection. Several ointments and antifungal creams are helpful to control the infection when used as a topical application. Also, tablets are available for the same purpose. In case the infection is really bad you may be prescribed antibiotic also. But antibiotics are used only as a last resort and generally doctors are reluctant to prescribe them because they come with several side effects such as stomach pains, headaches and nausea. Although these side effects are not really precarious to the patient, they can surely become a nuisance.

If you want to avoid vaginal yeast infection make sure to avoid bubble baths, douching, sprays, or scented tampons. Always wear a comfortable fitting pantie which has a cotton crotch, so that air can circulate comfortably down there. Never keep on your wet suit after swimming. Always keep your vaginal area dry and airy. Also, sleeping in a night dress without underwear helps things get air. If your partner has a yeast infection, either use a condom while having sex or prefer to go without it until he has been treated. Another important thing is to urinate and clean up your vaginal area after having sex. This should be practiced even if neither partner has an infection because this will reduce the risk of getting infected for both of you.


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