What's Causing Your Yeast Infection?

Suffering from the itching, burning, pain, and unpleasant discharge from a yeast infection? You’re not alone. About 75% of women get a yeast infection at some point in their lives, and for nearly one tenth of American women, yeast infections are recurrent, happening four or more times each year.

Board-certified OB/GYNs Jacquline Hayles-Patterson, MD and Tyndal M. Jones, MD help women in Lawrenceville and Lithonia, Georgia suffering from a range of gynecological diseases. At Signature Women’s Healthcare, our team works to get to the bottom of your gynecological issues, including yeast infections, to provide you with the most effective treatment possible.

Take a moment to better understand what’s causing your yeast infection and what you can do about it! 

Understanding yeast infections

Some yeast cells are always present in your vagina, but problems occur when the balance between bacteria and yeast is disrupted. Healthy bacteria prevent the overgrowth of the Candida albicans fungus, and when there aren’t enough bacteria, an uncomfortable yeast infection, called candidiasis, results. 

Symptoms of a yeast infection

One of the telltale signs of a yeast infection is a change in your vaginal discharge. Women with yeast infections may experience thick, cottage cheese-like discharge, or watery gray discharge. Other unpleasant symptoms often accompany yeast infections, including:

If left untreated, yeast infections can cause open sores and tears, increasing your risk of a more serious infection. 

Causes of yeast infections

The imbalance between fungus and healthy bacteria causes the yeast infection, but there are many different reasons vaginal yeast may grow too fast, including: 

It’s also possible to contract a yeast infection during sexual intercourse, so be sure to talk openly with your sexual partner(s), and be sure to wash or rinse your genital area after sex.

Treating yeast infections

There are different treatment options for yeast infections, including over-the-counter (OTC) medications. It’s important to note, however, that not all forms of vaginal yeast respond to these OTC treatments.  

If you’ve tried a treatment from the local pharmacy and haven’t found relief, or if you’re experiencing recurrent yeast infections, it’s time to visit the experts at Signature Women’s Healthcare. 

Our providers ensure your condition is diagnosed accurately and make recommendations for treatment based on your symptoms and health history. Different treatments include oral medication as well as topical creams or suppositories. 

Need help treating a yeast infection or want more information on the topic? We can help! Call the Signature Women’s Healthcare office nearest you, or book an appointment online now.

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