Yeast infections are no fun. If you haven’t experienced one yet, you’re lucky. Chances are you may experience one sometime in your life. Yeast infections are super common.
A yeast infection is a vaginal infection caused by a form of yeast known as candida. Candida occurs naturally in the vagina and bowel, and usually is no big deal because it’s kept in check by other, harmless, bacteria.
However, if these bacteria are reduced — by antibiotics, for example — the yeast can grow and cause problems like yeast infections. You’re most likely to get one just before a period. If you do, ask your doctor about a one-dose medication to treat it. No big deal.
Here are the yeast infection symptoms to look out for:
- Thick, white vaginal discharge that looks like cottage cheese
- Irritation and itchiness around the vagina
- Discomfort when urinating
If it’s not a yeast infection, it could be something more serious. Contact your doctor to take care of your body properly!
Here are a few tips to help avoid infection:
- Keep air circulating around your crotch by wearing cotton (not synthetic) underpants and loose clothing.
- Wipe from front to back after using the bathroom to avoid moving bacteria from your butt to your vagina.
- Avoid scented soaps or bath salts; they might irritate the sensitive vaginal tissue.
- Never use a tampon to absorb non-menstrual vaginal discharge; if you need to protect your clothes use a panty liner.