Symptoms & Causes

Vaginal Yeast Infection Symptoms & Causes


Vaginal yeast infection causes


A vaginal yeast infection, known as thrush or vaginal candidiasis,  is caused by a fungus called Candida. Candida is  a part of your vaginal microflora, along with bacteria. When the  balance between yeast and bacteria is disturbed, yeast overgrows causing unpleasant symptoms.



5 most common signs of vaginal yeast infection:


Vaginal yeast infection causes

  • Your vagina and vulva become red, itchy and swollen


  • You may feel pain during sexual intercourse


  • You may get a burning sensation while urinating


  • Vaginal discharge, although not always present, is either transparent and watery or thick and white, like cottage cheese and it smells like yeast


  • In severe cases, you will notice cracked, sometimes bleeding skin around your vulva and vagina


  • Men with genital yeast infection may experience an itchy rash on the penis


The symptoms of vaginal yeast infection are similar to those of many other genital infections, so you should see your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms. A bacterial infection of the vagina is also itchy and painful, but the discharge is usually dark yellow, green, or brown. It’s got an unpleasant, fishy smell, particularly after having sex. Bacterial vaginosis is usually treated with prescription antibiotics.


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Symptoms of yeast infection in men:


  • Itchy and sore skin of the head of the penisVaginal yeast infection causes


  • Scattered bumps with white pus-looking heads


  • White discharge


  • Burning sensation after sexual intercourse


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What causes vaginal yeast infections?


Vaginal yeast infection causes


  • Lack of sleep



  • Pregnancy



  • Consuming caffeine (energy drinks, chocolate, coffee)


Vaginal yeast infection causes


  • Injury of vulva or vaginal tissue



  • Wearing tight clothes made of synthetic fabrics, which prevent the air from circulating freely around your vagina


  • Frequent sexual intercourses (more than 7 times a week)



Vaginal yeast infection causes

  • Using scented detergents or dryer sheets to wash your underwear




  • Wearing sweaty underwear or a wet swimsuit creates a perfect, humid breeding ground for Candida



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  • wow, I didn’t know that there were so many things that could cause yeast infections? Swimming pool water? That would never occur to me. I think it’s the most complete list of vaginal list infection causes I’ve ever come across. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Helene, I’m very happy you find this info useful, after all, that’s what this website is for: informing women so they can make better choices and stay yeast infection free.

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