What is a Vaginal Yeast Infection?
The common vaginal yeast infection 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.
There are times when you are 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
- Perfumed soaps, bubble baths or douching may cause vaginal irritation and upset the normal balance
VYI and pregnancy
A vaginal yeast infection will not stop you from getting pregnant. However, some of the symptoms may make having sex uncomfortable.
If you’re pregnant it’s completely natural for your hormones to change and affect your body – so your chance of getting a yeast infection does increase.
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding and you have a yeast infection, do not take any treatments unless advised by your doctor.