If you think you have a yeast infection (also known as Candidiasis), it is best to contact your gynecologist sooner that later. Common symptoms vaginal yeast infections include a cottage cheese-like thick white discharge, burning during or after intercourse and itching or irritation in the vaginal area. A yeast infection is a very common problem that can usually be taken care of with simple treatment. Other gynecological problems have similar symptoms, which is why it is advisable to have a professional diagnosis for proper treatment.
A number of things can cause a yeast infection, including menstruation, birth control pills, pregnancy and sperm. Antibiotics, often taken to treat urinary tract infections, can cause normal levels of yeast (a fungus known as candida) to multiply, irritating the vaginal lining. The female vagina has a lot of bacteria that keeps a normal level of fungus (or yeast) under control. When there is too much yeast, this causes irritation. Women with weaker immune systems and post-menopausal women tend to develop vaginal yeast infections more often.
Yeast Infection Treatment
Since some women experience recurring yeast infections, there are a few things you can do to prevent this type of problem. Keep your vaginal area dry, wear cotton underwear and avoid using deodorized tampons or scented toilet paper.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Eule for a vaginal exam to determine if you have a yeast infection.