Yeast infections put the “Y” in yikes. They occur when the natural balance of yeast and other healthy bacteria is disrupted. The burning, itching, and discharge send 3 out of 4 women every year running for the hills. Yeast infections can also become chronic, reoccurring three or more times a year. As if dealing with a yeast infection isn’t bad enough, many misconceptions are surrounding them, making those affected feel stigmatized. Let’s learn what some of these myths are, and the truth behind them.
Yeast Infections are Contagious
You cannot “catch” a vagina’s imbalance of normal bacteria growth. However, there is a small chance your male partner could end up with an itchy rash if you have unprotected sex with an active infection. Yeast infections are not considered an STD because they can happen in celibate women, and children, and yeast is present in every healthy vagina.
Yeast Infections are Serious
Though annoying, most yeast infections do not typically cause any serious health problems. If you are immunocompromised or have uncontrolled diabetes, there is risk of the infection spreading to other parts of your body. Recurrent yeast infections are considered more severe if you get them more than three times a year.
Yogurt will Prevent Yeast Infections
Thanks to celebrities like Gabrielle Union and other yogurt freedom fighters, this is something women do. Why are we putting food in our vaginas again? A lot of yogurts contain enough sugar to make your infection worse. So, even though it may be soothing now when you apply it, prepare for the fire later. Most times, there is no way to prevent a yeast infection. On the other hand, people with blood sugar control issues may see a decrease in them if they limit carbs and sugar.
Only Adults Get Yeast Infections
Wrongo. Anyone at any age can get a yeast infection. Babies can get them in their diaper area, armpits, and other folds. Girls can get them as they go through puberty.
Douching can Prevent Them
For the people in the back… STOP DOUCHING. The health of your vagina relies on a delicate balance of bacteria, fungus, and other things. Douching changes that balance and is linked to health problems like bacterial vaginosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, and yeast infections.
Recurrent Yeast Infections and Clinical Research
Multiple yeast infections in a year mean you are the 5-8% of women suffering from recurring yeast infections. It also means you have likely tried a lot of solutions, with little success, since there is no cure for recurrent infections.
Clinical research studies are enrolling now looking into potential new therapies and may be an option for you. To learn more about recurring yeast infection studies currently enrolling at Women’s Healthcare Research, call us at (858) 505-8672, or click here.