What are the Symptoms of Yeast Infection in Women?
What are the Symptoms of Yeast Infection in Women?
Yeast infection, although very common in women, can often be confused with other types of vaginal infections, such as bacterial vaginosis.
For this reason, whenever you experience an abnormal discharge and itching, you should see your doctor and have your vaginal secretions analyzed to get properly diagnosed.
If you decide to self-diagnose, you may end up wasting time and money on treatments that are not suitable for your type of infection. The most common signs of vaginal yeast infection are:
- Red, itchy and swollen vagina and vulva
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- You may get a burning sensation while urinating
- Vaginal discharge, is usually transparent and watery or thick and white, like cottage cheese with a yeasty smell
- In severe cases, you will experience cracked, sometimes bleeding skin around your vulva and vagina
It’s important to remember that although you may experience all the above symptoms, it’s very important to get properly diagnosed before starting a treatment. Vaginal yeast infection can sometimes be confused with bacterial vaginosis, which usually also presents the following symptoms:
- an unpleasant smell, especially straight after an intercourse
- there’s usually abundant discharge, grayish-white, yellow or green
Bacterial vaginosis requires a different kind of treatment which consists of antibiotic suppositories instead of antifungal ones.
How to Get Tested For Yeast Infection?
One of the best ways to get tested is ordering a yeast infection test online. It allows for complete privacy and you don’t have to go anywhere and speak to anyone. Once you order your test kit you’ll receive it with a prepaid envelope. It will take 5 minutes for you to take your swabs and send the test the test kit back.
Once the MyLabBox receives your swabs, they’ll take around 48 hours to email your results. The results are lab tested and the whole process allows for complete privacy. Check their selection of vaginal health test kits:
YEAST INFECTION TEST
What’s the best vaginal yeast infection treatment?
Once you know for sure that you’re suffering from a vaginal yeast infection, your doctor may prescribe antifungal suppositories and creams, such as Monistat.
The treatment consists of 7 applicators filled with cream that contains miconazole, a very effective antifungal agent. It should clear your infection within a few days, but make sure you use the full treatment to make sure it doesn’t come back.
If you prefer a natural yeast infection treatment, I recommend boric acid suppositories. Studies show that they are very effective even in persistent cases of vaginal yeast infection.
You should insert one suppository every night for 7 consecutive days, and if you are suffering from recurrent yeast infections, after the treatment is finished use one suppository a week for up to 6 months.
Boric acid suppositories are not only very effective but also safe, very rarely they can give side effects, such as vaginal burning and redness or watery discharge. If you experience any side effects, stop the treatment and discuss other treatment options with your doctor.
How to prevent vaginal yeast infections?
Introducing small changes in your everyday life will help you reduce the risk of getting a yeast infection again, try the following:
- Make sure you get enough sleep to keep your cortisol levels low
- Reduce your alcohol intake
- Avoid situations that can cause chronic stress or learn relaxation techniques to lower the amount of cortisol in your blood
- Reduce your caffeine intake (energy drinks, chocolate, coffee)
- Avoid sexual behaviors that could cause an injury to your vulva or vaginal tissue as well as micro-injuries that may be triggered by frequent sexual intercourses (more than 7 times a week)
- Make sure you don’t use condoms and lubricants that contain nonoxynol-9
- Wearing tight clothes made of synthetic fabrics, can prevent the air from circulating freely around your vagina, choose silk and cotton, loose-fitting clothes and underwear instead
- Using scented soaps, bubble baths and feminine hygiene products can irritate your vaginal area making you more prone to infection
- The same applies to scented detergents or dryer sheets
- Wearing sweaty underwear or a wet swimsuit creates a makes it easier for yeast to breed and cause an infection, make sure you always wear dry clothes
- Harsh chemicals in the swimming pool can change the pH in your vagina and make it more vulnerable to a yeast infection, try to find an ozone or UV sanitized pool in your area
- Incorporate probiotic-rich foods in your diet or probiotic supplements for women every day to maintain a healthy bacterial balance in your body
A vaginal yeast infection, although not dangerous for your health, can seriously affect your quality of life and make you feel miserable. The sooner you get rid of it, the better!
Start by visiting your doctor and getting the right treatment and you’ll see a significant improvement within 2 or 3 days. Don’t forget to follow my tips for preventing yeast infections to make sure you don’t suffer a recurrence. Good luck!
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