Yeast infections are very common, it’s estimated that three out of four women experience vaginal yeast infection at least once in their lifetime. If you haven’t had a yeast infection yet then you will eventually have it sometime in your life. The yeast causing the infection live normally in the vaginal tube and on the outside of it, when anything happen that disrupt the natural pH levels in your vagina or the healthy bacteria in there yeast (candida fungus) can grow out of control and cause all the associated annoying symptoms like itching, burning sensation and smelly discharge.
Whether you have been attacked by yeast infection once or twice or not yet, you will be surprised by the truth about these annoying infections. Here’s some facts about yeast infection you and every woman should know.
– The Symptoms Can Mimic Other Problems.
Studies found that 11% of the women who never had yeast infections could identify the symptoms while one third of the women who thought they experienced yeast infection attacks actually did. So why the confusion?
The symptoms and signs are very similar to other problems that affect the vagina, if you have a yeast infection you may experience itching, burning, pain during sex and a thick white discharge.
But if the discharge smells fishy then it may be Bacterial Vaginosis (BV); and if you are experiencing pain during urinating then it could be a urinary tract infection, bottom line, it could be hard to distinguish the difference.
Now that you know the symptoms, if you suspect that you have a yeast infection attack instead of buying over-the-counter medications for yeast infection, it is better to visit your doctor because as we mentioned earlier the symptoms for years infection can be very similar to other vaginal problems so if it turns out you don’t have years infection, the meds you will use for yeast infection may increase your current situation and worsen inflammation.
The doctor will be able to successfully pinpoint whether it is a yeast infection or something else, if it is a yeast infection you will be prescribed oral antifungal fluconazole and a local skin cream to reduce inflammation and fight fungus.
After that you will be able to watch out for similar symptoms and know what over-the-counter meds you can self-educate yourself with the next time.
How To Prevent Yeast Infections?
You don’t need any products to prevent yeast infections, Gynecologists like to describe the vagina as “a self-cleaning oven” as it cleanse itself by itself without needing perfumes, soups, douches or any other feminine products. In fact those products rather than helping you keep your vagina clean, they can cause an imbalance in the natural healthy bacteria in your vagina that form a defensive shield to ward off harmful organisms and in result you become more susceptible to yeast infections.
What If It Happens After Sex?
Yeast infections are not exactly a sexually transmitted infection, however intercourses can throw off the natural bacterial balance in your vagina making you more susceptible for yeast infections. That being said, if you get similar symptoms after having sex with a new partner, it is always a good idea to check with your doctor to roll out any potential risk of sexual transmitted infections.
– Hanging Out In Wet Swimming Suits.
You may have heard that hanging out in wet swimming Suits or sweaty exercising clothes can upper your chances of vaginal infections, that is true because yeast thrive in wet warm environments, so it is always a better idea to change your wet clothes immediately, however this is even more important for women who suffer from redcurrant episodes of yeast infection or women who are prone to yeast infection.
– Switching Between Hormonal Birth Control Pills.
Anything that alters your natural hormonal levels like switching to a new birth control pill that increases your estrogen levels or high levels of stress (high cortisol levels) can all increase the odds of you having a yeast infection episode, another thing to watch out for is antibiotics, taking antibiotics can kill the friendly bacteria in your vagina allowing yeast to overgrow, also if you are a patient of type2 diabetes high and uncontrolled levels of blood sugar can feed yeast so make sure to come up with a plan with your doctor to reduce your risks of having yeast infections.