Yeast Infections – Symptoms, Treatments and Causes

YUCK! Is there really anything else to say about yeast infections? They itch, burn, make your stomach hurt and can often be very difficult to get rid of. Even worse, they can be contagious and many men think of them as STD’s – not understanding why if it isn’t a disease, their partner does not even want to consider sex. Let’s also mention that they are embarrassing and buying Monistat while necessary is not one of those things that make being a woman fun. Obviously, the clerk knows that instead of digging into your wallet for cash – your really want to be scratching places best left un-itched in public. However, they are a fact of life for both men and women of all ages and like your in-laws, it is better to understand them than to stand in judgment or resentment.

Yeast infections can happen for a variety of reasons. Yeast in the vaginal area is referred to as Candida albiucans. While this area of the female body normally contains yeast, a yeast infection happens when there is an abundance of yeast. Sometimes it is introduced to a woman from a man. Other times and most commonly it is a result of taking antibiotics which cause an influx of bacteria to grow wild. Some women who are extremely dry may experience frequent yeast infections and often, condoms, gels and excessive sex can spark these annoying infections.

Luckily, the treatments are pretty straightforward. For women who know they get a yeast infection when they take antibiotics, asking for probiotics from your doctor is probably the best defense. Today, you can purchase numerous creams and suppositories over the counter that can cure an infection anywhere from 2 to 7 days. During this time, it is best to avoid any sexual contact, because as stated earlier – they are contagious. For this reason – you also may want to let your partner know that you have one. Sometimes, recurrent infections are often caused by the man – who (naturally) doesn’t experience such inflamed symptoms as a woman. However, having your partner take pro-biotics and using creams can make sure that both of you aren’t just passing it back and forth.

Unfortunately, a yeast infection can be the symptom of other serious underlying issues as well. If you continuously get them or are unable to clear them up, women should visit their doctor to make sure that they aren’t in reality dealing with something more serious.

For the women with a yeast infection, life sucks (to put it plainly). The over the counter medications can cause stomach-bloating, pain and if you take any by mouth – headaches and nausea. Not to mention that you feel icky and gross all day. You should refrain from wearing jean, pantyhose or any type of undergarments that is less than breathable cotton. Using panty-liners and pads is a good way to remain clean. Washing this area too much can exasperate problems and you should use caution to avoid spreading the infection. Remember that discharge, however nasty, is normal for the course of yeast infection. And yes – they do smell odd which is why so many women refrain from seeing a doctor no matter how much discomfort they are in. Your doctor has seen it all before – and getting adequate help before it gets out of time will save you time in the long run, so don’t be embarrassed!

Try as you may, it isn’t always possible to avoid yeast infections. Many people believe that urinating after sex; avoiding baths, douches, or creams, never wearing any tight clothing etc. can ensure you never have one. Unfortunately, they are often caused from a suppressed immune system which happens easily die to stress or worry. When you compromise your immune system, the bad bacteria wins out in the war and you can get all sorts of infections including yeast infections. The best way to stay healthy is to take care of yourself every day by eating right, exercising, and remaining emotionally sound.

Yeast infections are also common during pregnancy. Of course! Anything to make this 9 months more uncomfortable?? Unfortunately, during pregnancy oral antifungal medications are not recommended. You should speak with your obstetrician for a treatment plan.

In the past decade, there has been much progress when it comes to yeast infections and women. IN the past, women would be tested for the presence of yeast – without symptoms and would be medicated. The truth is that you have Candida present at all times in your body. The problem arises when it begins to outbalance and take over the ‘good’ bacteria. Just because a doctor says you have Candida, doesn’t mean that you have a full-blown yeast infection. In fact, if you have no symptoms of a yeast infection – there is no reason to treat. Taking pro-biotics every day can be a viable way to keep your vagina balanced so that yeast doesn’t become a problem.

As a woman, a yeast infection is not something you want to deal with. But you will! Taking precautions and realizing that this is just another lovely part of being female is perhaps the best way to look at it. If your partner doesn’t understand the pain and discomfort that you are – don’t feel bad. But do take precautions and refrain from having sex until you feel much better. A yeast infection is not something any woman should be embarrassed about and can often be easily managed if you pay attention to your body and act accordingly at the first sign of infection.



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