There’s no worse feeling than a not so fresh feeling. Sometimes things can get out of control and this leaves you with the uncomfortable symptoms of a yeast infection. But are yeast infections really that serious and when should you be concerned?
When things get out of whack
The main cause of yeast infections is when there is an imbalance of your body’s pH levels and overgrowth of the naturally occurring Candida (yeast) bacteria. The imbalance can be caused by several reasons such as use of antibiotics, perfumed soaps, or even the type of underwear you’re wearing.
Signs point to infection
You don’t need a traffic signal to know something is going on with your body. If you feel something is wrong, then it’s probably wrong. Look for signs of itching, burning, redness, odor, or thick discharge that is out of the norm.
Things go back to normal…for a while
At this point, you may have tried over the counter medications or visited with your doctor. Your symptoms are gone, and your vagina seems happy again! Or not.
Recurring yeast infections
If you have had three to four or more yeast infections in one year, the medical term is called recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis. Consult with your doctor for treatment if you experience recurring yeast infections as this could be a sign of other medical conditions.
Severe yeast infections
Vaginal itching or soreness, discomfort when urinating, or pain during sex could be signs of a severe yeast infection. Seek medical attention if your yeast infection shows acute symptoms.
In the end, paying attention to changes with your feminine health is super important. Things can get pretty serious if your symptoms are left untreated. Consult with your doctor for advice and treatment options if you experience severe or recurring symptoms.
Women’s Health Care Research
Women’s Health Care Research is a locally owned research group, founded in San Diego, CA by Dr. Rovena Reagan. Participation in clinical research is completely voluntary and provides participants with the opportunity to receive cutting-edge treatment options often unavailable outside of a clinical research study. Learn more about enrolling yeast infection studies.