The phrase yeast infection makes many women uncomfortable on its own, but we can assure you that having a discussion about it is much less irritating than the infection itself. That’s why we are here to help with info about causes, symptoms and prevention of vaginal candidiasis, the medical term for yeast infections.
Who Is At Risk?
Vaginal candidiasis can affect all types of women, but there are some who face a greater chance of infection. Women who are pregnant, using hormonal contraceptives like birth control pills, diabetic, affected by a weakened immune system or taking antibiotics are the most susceptible.
What Are the Symptoms?
Women with yeast infections may notice vaginal itching or soreness, pain during sexual intercourse, pain or discomfort when urinating or abnormal vaginal discharge. Any of these symptoms can indicate a mild infection, but you will not be able to determine with certainty that it is a yeast infection until you consult with a doctor. More serious symptoms can develop from a severe infection including redness, swelling and cracks in the wall of the vagina.
What Steps Can I Take to Limit My Risk of Infection?
According the the CDC, wearing cotton underwear and using antibiotics only when prescribed can help reduce your chance of infection. The yeast organisms behind vaginal candidiasis can exist in the vagina without causing symptoms, but hormones, medicines or changes in immune system can cause them to multiply, leading to infection.
If you are concerned that you are experiencing a yeast infection, a laboratory test will likely be necessary for proper diagnosis. Treatment usually includes an antifungal medicine, but other treatments may be required depending on the severity.
Whether you have a question or think you might be dealing with an infection, call to set up an appointment today at Mt. Auburn OBGYN in Cincinnati. Our doctors are ready for all of your women’s health concerns.