Since You Asked – Biweekly Q & A
Do you have a question you’ve been dying to ask, but didn’t know who to turn to? Well, now you do. The National Women’s Health Network has established a biweekly Q & A column where you can ask questions on a variety of topics. Those topics include contraception, abortion, sexual health, menopause & menopause hormone therapy, osteoporosis, obesity, and some aspects of heart disease. Each week we will feature a new question. See this week’s question below.
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Biweekly Column: What is a yeast infection and why did I get it?
A vaginal yeast infection, also known as vuvlovaginal candidasis, is when healthy yeast over produces in the vagina. Yeast infections occur because the chemistry of your vagina is off balance. This is most commonly seen as a hormonal imbalance. Several factors can cause a yeast infection, including poor eating habits, stress, weak immune system, diabetes, pregnancy, and antibiotics, cortisone and other drugs. Yeast infections are not sexually transmitted, however your body chemistry may have an adverse reaction to your sexual partner’s genitals resulting in infection.
Some of the signs of a yeast infection include itchiness, burning, and overall discomfort in the vaginal area. You may also have redness and/or thick, white clumpy discharge and a white coating in or around the vagina. An untreated yeast infection may result in fissures, sores, swelling, and pain during urination.
Yeast infections are common and can usually be cured in just a few days! Over-the-counter antifungal creams and suppositories (Monistat and other brands) can be bought at all major drug stores. Yeast infections can also be treated with a small one-time pill (fluconazole) that must be prescribed by a doctor. It is important to remember oral sex and penetration of the vagina should be avoided in order to avoid irritation from friction, which delays the healing process.
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