Symptoms of a Vaginal Yeast Infection

Vaginal yeast infection (VYI) or vaginal candidiasis are the general and medical terms used to describe a common vaginal yeast infection. A VYI occurs when your immune system is weak or good bacteria in your vagina can’t keep the fungus (Candida albicans) under control. These types of conditions can create a suitable environment for Candida albicans to increase.

Just so you know, a VYI is not a sexually transmitted infection. It can be really uncomfortable, but in the majority of cases it’s simple to treat.

Everyone is different, so your symptoms may differ from a friend’s. They may also change each time you get an infection, so watch out for these common symptoms and whether your symptoms are mild, moderate or more complicated.

Most people experience symptoms such as:

  • An itchy intimate area
  • Soreness around the entrance to your vagina (vulva)
  • Slight swelling of your vaginal lips (labia)
  • Cottage cheese-like white discharge

These symptoms aren’t uncommon:

  • Pain during sex
  • Thick discharge
  • Red and swollen labia
  • Burning around your vulva
  • Sores in your vaginal area
  • Cracked skin around your vulva

You should see your doctor if:

  • You are experiencing a yeast infection for the first time
  • You get yeast infections frequently, or if it returns in less than 2 months
  • There is no improvement in your symptoms within three days, or if they’ve not disappeared within seven days
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You are at increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases (i.e. HIV-AIDS), have multiple sexual partners or change partners often
  • You are under 12 years old
  • You have fever, chills, nausea, or vomiting
  • You have a smelly or unusual discharge
  • You feel abdominal pain
  • You have heart disease
  • You have previously had an allergic reaction to other yeast infection medications

Did you know?

Regardless of the length of treatment that you use, it takes approximately 3 to 4 days to cure your yeast infection.