Vaginal Yeast Infections – What You Should Know

“Three out of four women will experience a yeast infection at one point in their lives.”

Even though they’re a common issue, vaginal yeast infections continue to be a misunderstood medical problem for women. We’ve compiled some information about vaginal yeast infections so that you, too, can avoid these misconceptions!

What is a Vaginal Yeast Infection?yeast infection treatments and answers

A vaginal yeast infection (candidiasis) is an infection of the vagina that is caused by an overgrowth of the fungus “Candida albicans.” Yeast infections caused by Candida albicans are typically easy to treat. This means that if you have recurring yeast infections, it’s likely caused by a different type of Candida.

What Causes Yeast Infections?

Yeast infections can be caused by a variety of things, including:

  1. Antibiotics
    • (Antibiotics lower the amount of amount of lactobacillus, or good bacteria, in the vagina)
  2. Pregnancy
  3. Diabetes
  4. Weak immune system
  5. Poor nutrition
  6. Hormonal imbalance
  7. Stress

Yeast Infection Symptoms

Most women experience the following symptoms when they have a yeast infection:

  1. Itching around and inside the vagina
  2. Burning sensation
  3. Whitish-gray vaginal discharge. (It’s usually thick)
  4. Pain during intercourse
  5. Vaginal rash
  6. Pain during urination

Diagnosing and Treating a Vaginal Yeast Infection

Vaginal yeast infections are easy for physicians to diagnose.

Typically, a doctor will ask you questions about your medical history and questions about your history with yeast infections. The physician will then examine your cervix and vaginal walls. Depending on what the doctor finds, they will take a vaginal culture to send to a lab to confirm that you have a yeast infection. Treatment for yeast infections depend on the severity of the infection. The most common treatments include a regimen of antifungal cream, ointment, tablet, or suppository. If your infection is more severe, your doctor might prescribe oral medication.

“Do I Have A Yeast Infection?”

If you’re concerned that you may be suffering from a yeast infection, call the Brownsville OBGYN offices at (956)-550-8733