Vagina contains a fungus called candida albicans in small amounts. Along with this is present a bacteria called lactobacillus acidophilus whose function is to maintain the level of the fungus and let it not exceed. Vaginal yeast infection happens when the balance turns upside down and leads to the growth of yeast. It is estimated that every woman faces this condition at least once in their lifetime.
Some Symptoms Of Vaginal Yeast Infection
– There is excruciating pain during sexual intercourse without any apparent reason.
– There is a burning sensation while urinating.
– The area around the vagina seems swollen and redness is present with an urge for itching it constantly.
– The vaginal discharge increases and it smells really filthy.
– There is pain in back and abdomen too.
When Vaginal Yeast Infection Takes Place?
Yes, there is the cause of “off-balancing” act as stated above between bacteria and fungus, but apart from that, there are other factors which contribute to yeast infection such as menopause, diabetes, pregnancy, non usage of condoms and oral contraception.
Diagnosis And Prevention Of Vaginal Yeast Infection:
Only a qualified doctor can accurately diagnose yeast infection. Also remember that vaginal infection can lead to other complications during child birth and also lead to PID (pelvic inflammatory diseases).
If you are using self-medications and still the symptoms persist, it means something serious has happened. See a doctor immediately and it is advised that please do not do self – medication without proper and complete knowledge.
The only ways to prevent vaginal yeast infection is to go for protected sex, stop using scented products in and around vagina, do not douche, and refrain from having sex with multiple partners and switch to cotton panties.
Untreated vaginal infection can pave way for trichomoniasis (common STD which leads to gonorrhea, chlamydia etc); Bacterial Vaginosis and Non-infectious Vaginitis (caused by chemicals in products like soaps and hygiene sprays applied in vagina).