Vaginal Yeast Infection
The common vaginal yeast infection (VYI) is a type of vaginosis — an inflammation of your vagina. Both fungus and bacteria naturally live in your vagina, but when the fungus Candida albicans increases, it can cause an infection. This fungus may increase when your immune system is weak or when good bacteria (called lactobacilli) can’t keep the fungus under control.
Factors That Can Make You More Prone to a Yeast Infection:
- Use of antibiotics
- Changes in hormone levels
- Use of oral contraceptive pills
- Just before a woman's period
- Hot, humid weather
- Continuous use of panty liners
- Tight, non-breathing clothing
- Nylon underwear, pantyhose, wet bathing suits or damp workout wear
- Heavily perfumed soaps, bubble baths or douching may cause vaginal irritation and upset the normal balance
Having a VYI is normal. About 75% of women will experience it at least once in their lives, while many women may suffer from recurrent VYIs.
If you've never had a VYI before and you think you may have one, visit your doctor. Once you recognize your symptoms and you know they’re not serious, we’ll help you to deal with the vaginal yeast infection independently at home. A VYI doesn’t take long to clear up once you’ve started treatment.
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.