Understanding A Vaginal Yeast Infection
March 24, 2013 | By Rachel Leone

Today's modern woman has a great deal of responsibility. Not only are women wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters, they are also business owners, executives, managers, and volunteers.

The last thing women have time for is a vaginal yeast infection, and in most cases, women don't even think about these annoying little health problems until it's too late. If you'd like to keep your life running smoothly, and don't have time for these occasional episodes, it's important to learn all the causes of vaginal infection, and how it can be naturally remedied.

Causes of Vaginal Yeast Infection

When you were young, a teacher or parent taught you the difference between boys and girls. Among other things, girls have genitalia that are positioned inside the body, while boys have genitalia that protrude outside the body. Women are more susceptible to yeast infections, since they are caused by bacteria that like moist, warm places.

Both genders have fungus, or yeast growing in their bodies at all times, but fungus is more likely to thrive in the female genital region, resulting in a vaginal yeast infection.

Other Factors That Contribute To Vaginal Yeast Infection

Although you probably think you're doing all you can to avoid vaginal yeast infections, know that hygiene is not the only factor. There are several other causes of vaginal yeast infection that many women aren't aware of, including:

  • Wiping or touching from back to front.
  • Not washing up immediately after intercourse.
  • Taking oral contraceptives.
  • Wearing thongs.
  • Constantly wearing tight pants.
  • The use of douches or perfumed vaginal hygiene sprays.
  • Scented laundry detergents and body washes.
  • Non-cotton panties.
  • Panties with dye on the inner lining.
  • Staying in a wet bathing suit.
  • A poor diet.
  • Diabetes Mellitus.
  • A suppressed immune system.
  • Pregnancy.

Symptoms of Vaginal Yeast Infection

Most likely, you don't want to discuss your vagina with friends or family, but should be able to recognize the symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection.

Keep in mind there are several other conditions, including sexually transmitted diseases that can mimic the symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection, so it's important to talk with your doctor before developing a plan.

Common vaginal yeast infection symptoms include:

  • Itching, burning, redness, and/or swelling of the vagina and the vulva
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge that is thick, white, and similar to the consistency of cottage cheese (does not have a bad odor)
  • Soreness near the vagina or vulva
  • A skin rash on the vagina
  • Pain when urinating
  • Pain during sex

Natural Remedies for Vaginal Yeast Infection

If you've noticed that your vaginal yeast infection symptoms are returning, it's probably because the creams, ointments or antibiotics you're using are only providing temporarily relief, not addressing the root causes.

Taking probiotic supplements can be a natural solution to bacterial imbalance.* Replenishing beneficial, healthy vaginal flora is one way of supporting your vaginal and urinary health the right way.*

The content material of this article or webpage is for educational and consumer information purposes only, under section 5 of DSHEA.

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