Any woman will tell you that having a Yeast infection isn’t a pleasant experience. Sometimes its hard to determine if you have a yeast infection or if its some other unrelated infection.
Some of the recognizable symptoms of yeast infections in women are:
- Burning, itching or swelling in and around the vaginal area
- Discomfort or pain in the vagina during sex
- A burning feeling when urinating
- A vaginal discharge that often looks like cottage cheese
However, these symptoms can sometimes be misleading since other conditions can also cause similar symptoms and some could be much more serious. If you are not absolutely sure or if this is your first yeast infection, visit a doctor for proper diagnosis. The doctor will check to make sure the symptoms are not being caused by other conditions such as STI’s, contact irritants or inflammatory conditions.
As many as one in twenty women have recurring yeast infections. This means that they have at least four infections a year or at least three when they take antibiotics. You shouldn’t ignore a recurring infection, make an appointment with your doctor so they can help you find out why you are having the re-infections and then suggest a treatment plan for you.
You should also consult your doctor if you have:
- Pain around the pelvic area
- A colored or unpleasant smelling discharge coming from the vagina.
These too can be included among the symptoms of a yeast infection. You should also see a doctor if you are pregnant, breast feeding, with diabetes or any health condition that may weaken the immune system or if you are under 12 years old and have some of these symptoms.
Despite having these symptoms, many women end up not having a yeast infection. Sexually transmitted infections also cause similar symptoms in women. While yeast infections may have long term complications, STI’s can be very harmful if not treated and may even lead to infertility. This is why it’s always important to go to a doctor and explain your symptoms in details so that the doctor can better diagnose the problem.
The doctor will diagnose any yeast infections by asking about the symptoms, examining the vagina and in some cases taking samples of vaginal discharge. The sample may then be examined under a microscope or cultured (lab tested for fungal or bacterial growth).
Even though they are commonly linked to sexual activity, several factors contribute to yeast infections. They are also more common during the menstrual cycle but they are generally mild and may not require any treatment. You may experience yeast infection like symptoms when you wear tight jeans, when you have a poor diet, during a pregnancy, if you are stresses out or when you are on birth control pills or antibiotics.
Fortunately there are now a number of yeast infection remedies than you can try in the privacy of your own home.
Avoiding such yeast infection symptoms in women is easy if you actually aren’t infected. Some quick tips to avoid contracting an infection are wear loose fitting clothes, keep away from feminine deodorant sprays, use latex condoms when having sex, wear panties that have a cotton crotch and thoroughly dry the vaginal area after you take a shower or after swimming. This will save you from the trouble of dealing with a yeast infection or yeast infection like symptoms. For a more comprehensive list of preventative tips – click here
Check out this video on how to cure yeast infections