Yeast infections are common, and many are nothing too dangerous to lose sanity over thinking about, however, you’ll certainly want to consider getting treatment quickly. Let’s discuss the making of a yeast infection, as prevention is always our best bet!
Most vaginal yeast infections are caused by the organism Candida albicans. As we mentioned earlier, yeast infections are very common and affect up to 75% of women at some point in their lifetime. That’s 3 out of 4 women at any given time! So, rather than shame yourself or your gal pals, let’s educate and encourage one another to seek out solutions.
First of all, you should know that most healthy vaginas have yeast. But sometimes your yeast grows too much, which can lead to an infection. Yeast infections can be very irritating and uncomfortable.
Yeast infection symptoms can range from mild to moderate, and show up by way of:
A burning sensation, especially during intercourse or while urinating.
Itching and irritation in the vagina and vulva.
Redness and swelling of the vulva.
Vaginal pain and soreness.
Over-the-counter antifungal creams, ointments or suppositories (with miconazole or clotrimazole) are the most common ways to treat yeast infections. These can take from 1 to 7 days.
But what about yeast infections left untreated or those that recur often (4 or more per year)?
Well, untreated yeast infections do not have long-term consequences, such as infertility or scarring, but, they do tend to be uncomfortable, and can cause discharge and burning, making sensitive skin areas uncomfortable and even raw.
On a more concerning note, if you are trying to become pregnant and have an active infection, it should be treated because it can delay or prevent pregnancy. The reason for this is not clear, but because a yeast infection affects the pH of the vaginal secretions, it may make the vagina unfriendly to sperm.
Naturally, you will likely feel better overall when your body is functioning at optimal levels. So, if you notice signs of an infection or are just keen on preventing them, consider talking with your doctor while also maintaining the following lifestyle practices:
Skip the scent in feminine products.
Avoid hot tubs and extra hot baths.
Change out of wet clothes.
Keep things loose.
Wear breathable underwear.