While yeast infections may not be the most fun topic to discuss, it is something every woman should be knowledgeable about. Chances are, at some point in your life you may experience a yeast infection, as they are very common.
What is a Yeast Infection?
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. Chances are greater of getting one just before a period. So how should you treat a yeast infection? If you do get one, you can either ask your doctor about a one-dose medication to treat it, or another option based on what’s best for you. You can also get over-the-counter treatments, which do not necessitate a doctor visit. However, it is still a good idea to get a doctor’s opinion to make sure it is a yeast infection and not something possibly more serious.
Most Common Yeast Infection Symptoms
How do you know if you have a yeast infection? They are very common and typically happen right before you’re going to get your period. Keep a lookout for these symptoms and contact a doctor if you are experiencing them.
- 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. Always contact your doctor to make sure you are getting the right diagnosis and treatment.
How to Prevent Yeast Infections
While yeast infections can be common, there are ways to lessen your chances of getting them. Here are some simple tips to help prevent yeast infections.
- 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.
Follow these steps to help prevent and manage yeast infections. No matter your feminine hygiene questions, Tampax is happy to lend assistance in keeping you as educated as possible when it comes to your body. Be sure to check out all of our Tips & Advice ranging from your first period to period health and everything in between!