First, know that yeast infections are quite common; about 75% of women will experience this condition at least once in their life. Also, if you have any of the symptoms we are about to discuss, please be sure to schedule an appointment to see a healthcare provider. It is important to do so as the signs of a yeast infection share many similarities with those of STDs (Chlamydia and Gonorrhea).
There are a few common symptoms of yeast infections, it is important to note that not all symptoms may be experienced simultaneously and may range in severity. These symptoms can be:
- Burning, redness and extreme itchiness in and around the vagina
- Pain when passing urine
- Painful intercourse
- A white vaginal discharge, thick in nature that does not have an associated odor
- A rash on the vagina
Often, the first question we hear from those with a yeast infection is, “How did I get this?” There are several possible answers to this question, including:
- Abundance of stress
- Lack of sleep
- Illness, low immunity
- Excessive consumption of sugary foods
- Using birth control, antibiotics and/or steroids
- Hormonal swings throughout your cycle
Common yeast infections are often easily treatable through the use of over-the-counter creams or tablets. Be sure however, you mention your intentions of using these medications to your physician to avoid any complications. To avoid getting another yeast infection, be sure to follow these recommendations: avoid scented feminine products (bubble baths, pads, sprays), change tampons/pads often, avoid tight undergarments and change out of wet bathing suits quickly.
As we mentioned, yeast infections in women are quite common and thankfully, easily treatable. Be sure to let your physician know if you are experiencing any of the symptoms we discussed to ensure an infection is caught early. Contact Women’s Health Associates who is dedicated to working with our patients to achieve overall well-being.