Vaginal yeast infections (vulvovaginal candidiasis) affect 75 percent of all women at least once. Yeast is always found in the vagina, but this medical condition occurs when the candida bacteria overgrow. Common symptoms of a yeast infection include itching, burning and irritation of the vagina, and painful urination and/or intercourse. Women may have thick, whitish-gray discharge. A doctor can take a specimen from a woman's vagina to conclusively determine that she has a yeast infection. These symptoms can indicate other medical conditions like bacterial Vaginosis or Trichomoniasis.
|How To Treat A Yeast Infection|
Pregnancy, diabetes, antibiotics, douches, feminine hygiene sprays and tight clothing can cause yeast infections. Some women get yeast infections every month right before they menstruate. A yeast infection can be treated with antifungal creams, tablets or suppositories. You can prevent them by adhering to a low-sugar, no-yeast diet like the Candida Diet. Make sure to keep the labia and vagina in a low-moisture environment and wear cotton underpants. You can also take probiotics to help keep your good bacteria healthy.