Vaginal yeast infections; more common than a car wreck, yet discussed less frequently than most bodily ailments. Nearly every woman will be diagnosed or experience a yeast infection at some point in her lifetime, as well as the discomfort and embarrassment often associated with discussing female health. From mom’s homemade remedies to elaborate spa regimes, women across the world continually search for new ways to relieve the symptoms of the common yeast infection.

Yeast infections are the infection of the vagina that can cause itching, burning, swelling, pain during sex and abnormal discharge. These symptoms can range from mild to severe, and can often occur fairly suddenly.

“The primary cause of a yeast infection is the imbalance of body’s pH, and the increased growth of naturally occurring Candida (yeast) bacteria.” says Dr. Rovena Reagan, Principal Investigator at Women’s Health Care Research of San Diego.  “A woman’s vagina contains a mixture of different bacteria that can be easily disrupted by a number factors, both internal and external.”

This disruption can be further complicated by the use of perfumed soaps, antibiotics, pregnancy, a weakened immune system, or even taking oral contraceptives. Although over-the-counter treatment options are available, speaking with a physician as soon as the symptoms occur is vitally important to quick diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of further complications and mistreatment.

“Yeast infection symptoms can also be a sign of a more serious condition, including an STI or bacterial vaginosis,” says Dr. Reagan. “If left untreated, these conditions can lead to the development HIV and difficulty with future pregnancy.”

At Women’s Health Care Research, physicians are conducting clinical research to determine new, cutting-edge treatment options for women with chronic yeast infections.

“We are hopeful that our research will provide ground breaking results in the treatment of yeast infections,” says Dr. Reagan. “Our clinical studies not only help benefit the knowledge of the medical community, but also to improve the quality of life of future generations.”

A yeast infection research study is now enrolling for women with chronic yeast infections. Qualified volunteers will have the opportunity to receive study-related care and medication at no cost, study-related medication, and may receive compensation for time and travel.

You can be a part of the vaginal health discussion! Learn how to apply for yeast infection clinical studies by visiting