Yeast infections are no fun. If you haven’t experienced one yet, you’re lucky. Chances are you may experience one of these vaginal infections sometime in your life. Yeast infections are a very common type of vaginal infection.
A yeast infection is a vaginal infection caused by a form of yeast known as candida. Candida occurs naturally in the vagina and bowel and is usually not a problem and doesn't usually cause a vaginal infection because it’s kept in check by other, harmless, bacteria.
However, if these bacteria are reduced — by antibiotics, for example — the yeast can grow and cause problems like yeast infections.
Yeast Infection And Period
You’re most likely to get a yeast infection just before a period. If you do, ask your doctor about a one-dose medication to treat it. No problem.
Here Are The Yeast Infection Symptoms To Look Out For:
- Thick, white vaginal discharge that looks like cottage cheese
- Irritation and itchiness around the vagina
- Discomfort when urinating
If it’s not a yeast infection, it could be something more serious or another type of vaginal infection. Contact your doctor to take care of your body properly!
Here Are A Few Tips To Help Avoid Yeast Infection:
- Keep air circulating around your crotch by wearing cotton (not synthetic) underpants and loose clothing.
- Wipe from front to back after using the bathroom to avoid moving bacteria from your bum to your vagina.
- Avoid scented soaps or bath salts; they might irritate the sensitive vaginal tissue.
- Never use a tampon to absorb non-menstrual vaginal discharge; if you need to protect your clothes use a panty liner.