Vaginal Yeast Infection in women

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Women are vulnerable to vaginal yeast infections at different stages of their lives which is a normal occurrence to many. Though, the infection is relatively uncommon before puberty and after menopause. Yeast infections can be easily treated and avoided.

Narrative of Vaginal Yeast Infection

The vagina inhibits some good bacteria necessary for its functions.  However, an overgrowth of the bacteria causes yeast infection.  There are some symptoms of this infection that may include itching, burning sensation, itching, and whitish thick discharge.

 Who are at risk of getting Yeast Infection

About 75% of women always get the infection once in a while. You may have a higher risk of getting this infection if you are:

  1. Expectant
  2. Diabetic
  3. Using birth control pills that contain high estrogen levels
  4. Constantly douching or using vaginal sprays
  5. Taking antibiotics or just completed a dose
  6. Having a weak immune system

Main Symptoms of the infection

  • Itchiness, redness and a sore vagina
  • Burning sensation when urinating or having intercourse
  • A white, thick and curd like odorless discharge
  • rash(vaginal)
  • may be watery discharge

Can one Get Yeast infection from Intercourse

Not usual but possible. Though a yeast infection is not considered an STI, you can get it from your partner if he/she is infected.  However, as mentioned above, you can get a yeast infection without intercourse.

Should I Consult a Doctor?

Yes. Since the vagina is vulnerable to a number of infections, it is best to visit your doctor who is in a better position to diagnose what type of infection you have.

However, some women can easily identify a yeast infection and can treat it without a prescription. You ought to be very sure that what you are treating with over-the-counter medication for the yeast infection and not any other vaginal infection. in short, you should consult a health professional/doctor if ;

  • This is hapening first time
  • You’re not certain about yeast infection
  • Your are not benifited by the use of over-the-counter antifungal vaginal creams.
  • Your symptoms are worsening

Treatment

The infection is usually treated with anti-fungal medicine either through the use of oral tablets, applications like creams, or tablets that are inserted into the vagina.


Should My Partner be Treated too?

Probably.  Although this is not STI, a yeast infection can be passed on to your partner. However, If the male partner also has an itching rash on the penis, he should seek a doctor.

Prevention

  • Avoid douching which kills the good bacteria too
  • Avoid scented products around your vagina
  • Change your tampons or pads often
  • Avoid tight pants because they increase the warmth and moisture content.
  • Wear only cotton underwear that keeps you dry with less warmth and moisture
  • Always wipe your bikini area from front to back
  • Avoid very hot water and soaps when cleaning your vagina – use lukewarm water.

Yogurt and Yeast Treatment

 Somehow. Some studies have revealed that drinking yogurt that contains live cultures on a daily basis helps in preventing infection. Most women who use yogurt have reported lower yeast infection rates. though, further research and investigation are still underway to determine it.

Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  (2013). Vaginal Yeast Infection.