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What is a vaginal yeast infection?

The most perfect area on a woman’s body for a yeast infection to flourish is the vagina. With that said it is perfectly normal for women to have yeast in their vagina in small numbers, but a vaginal yeast infection means that way too many yeast cells are growing inside the vagina. Not too worry vaginal yeast infections are very common, and many women (as many as 75% of all women) will experience a vaginal yeast infection at one time or another during their lifetime. If you have had a yeast infection in the past you already know that a yeast infection can cause various degrees of discomfort. Most are easily treated with over-the-counter or prescription medicines, but as many as 10% of women experience recurring vaginal yeast infections for weeks on end. If you believe that you have or are experiencing recurring vaginal yeast infections consult your medical professional immediately.

What causes a vaginal yeast infection?

Believe it or not there are many kinds of bacteria living in your vagina!

If you don’t believe us ask your gynecologist they will tell you that your healthy vagina will have a small number of yeast cells residing “down under” throughout your lifetime.

Lactobacillus Acidophilus lives in your vagina and is your friend. This bacteria helps to keep the balance of the “good and bad” bacteria under control. Generally yeast infections are caused by a yeast known as Candida Albicans. Yeast infections can be caused by any one of the following triggers:

  • Antibiotics
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Pregnancy
  • Uncontrolled Diabetes
  • Impaired immune system
  • Abuse of alcohol
  • Wet bathing suits
  • Anything that might change the type and amount of bacteria that is normally present in the vagina, (i.e.) douching, irritation from inadequate vaginal lubrication, and lubricated condoms.

When an event occurs that changes the balance of yeast in your body, the yeast multiplies causing various symptoms to occur. One of the main ways to cause a vaginal yeast infection is by taking an antibiotic. Taking the oral contraceptive pill, hormone replacement therapy as well as being pregnant are all ways of assuring you have high levels of estrogens in your body which can cause an elevation of yeast in the body as well. Chronic health problems such as diabetes or HIV may also be implicated in yeast infections.

What are the symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection?

There are many different symptoms which you may experience if you have a vaginal yeast infection, but the most common symptoms are itching or soreness in the vagina and sometimes an uncomfortable pain or burning when you urinate or have sex. Occasionally a woman will in addition have a thick white discharge that has no odor and can have a texture like curd or cottage cheese. The most likely time for an aggravation to occur is during the week before a woman’s menstrual period.

Why is my Vagina so itchy? What can I do?

There are many reasons why your vagina is itchy; here are some of the best solutions. It the itching is recurrent, especially if you have recently engaged in sexual relations then it is best that you see your doctor and get checked out.

  1. Avoid sexual relations with a person you think has an any genital infection, even if in doubt avoid relations until you can be certain. This goes for guys too, men can be carriers of various common infections, guys should not have sex with any woman who has an abnormal discharge.
  2. If you have repeated issues with vaginal itching don’t wear any tight clothing in that area.
  3. Always wear 100% cotton undergarments, try to avoid nylon pantyhose and if you do wish to wear pantyhose then be sure that the crotch area of the pantyhose is made of cotton.
  4. Use a non-perfumed soap when washing the vaginal area (a good quality tea tree oil soap is best) Rinse and dry the area very well, pat dry and try not to rub (skin irritation) the area. I recommend that you use a hair dryer to get the area very dry.
  5. Try to avoid douches, unless you follow the instruction in Candida Crusher. You can douche but must follow a careful protocol or you will only potentially worsen the problem.
  6. When at home and as often as you can, leave your undergarments off. Let fresh air circulate around the area.
  7. AVOID sexual relations if you have an infection, wait until you have solved the problem or you will only worsen it and potentially spread the problem to your partner.
  8. Be particularly careful if using “toys” during sex, you must very carefully wash and disinfect such items or you will only increase your risk of transmission back to yourself or another person.
  9. It is best that you try to avoid scratching or rubbing the affected area. Keep your fingernails short if you just can’t help yourself or you will worsen the problem. Patting the area will temporarily lessen the itch, you may also like to try a warm or cold application to the area. I know some women who use ice cubes, whereas others will use a hot cloth.
  10. If the itching does not resolve in a reasonable time frame you really do need to see your doctor and get professional assessment and treatment. Try the vaginal yeast infection home test.
  11. Are you menopausal and post-menopausal? You may be suffering from low estrogen and have thinning of the skin in your vaginal area. Go and see your doctor, but if you have a discharge or want to know if you do have a yeast infection before you se your doctor, then try the vaginal yeast infection home test first. You should use a lubricant of their choice, as long as no infection is present. Sitz-baths, cool or warm baths, cotton underwear, and a soothing vaginal cream will all help at night. Follow the Candida Crusher Program at the same time for best results if test results reveal that you do in fact have a yeast infection.

How is a Vaginal Yeast Infection Treated?

The best way to treat a vaginal yeast infection is to follow the QUICK START Candida Crusher Guide (Chapter 4) in the Candida Crusher book. If you have a chronic yeast infection condition then please read Chapter 5 (Crushing Chronic Vaginal Yeast Infections) from my Candida Crusher book. You may like to treat a vaginal yeast infection at home yourself with a most effective vaginal antifungal cream you can buy without a prescription, and be sure to take recommended anti candida dietary supplements at the same time. It is best that you follow the Candida Crusher Program if you want the best possible outcome and a permanent resolution of your yeast infection. Are you pregnant and have a yeast infection? If you are pregnant, don’t use any medicine for a yeast infection without talking to your doctor first. You will need to be very careful if you are using a cream or a suppository to treat any vaginal yeast infections if you depend on condoms or a diaphragm for birth control, because the latex may become weakened by any chemicals in these products.

My vaginal yeast infection keeps recurring, what is wrong?

I my experience, many women will have a recurring vaginal yeast infection. If you keep getting your yeast infection back and rely on pharmaceutical creams and applicators you are wasting your time. It would pay to get checked out by your doctor in case you have an underlying chronic health complaint such as diabetes. The only way to make sure that you get a complete and permanent resolution is to follow my Candida Crusher Program.

Can Vaginal Yeast Infections be prevented?

In most cases a vaginal yeast infection can be prevented, here are several ways:

  • Wear 100% cotton underwear or undergarments (avoid nylon).
  • Avoid tight-fitting pants and panty hose.
  • Change out of a wet swimsuit as soon as possible, keep the genital area dry.
  • Allow your vagina to breath; sit back on your chair.
  • Avoid douches and feminine sprays.
  • Avoid scented toilet paper and deodorant tampons.

Is a Yeast Infection Swab Test accurate?

It depends on the quality of the test and how it is performed. Home test kits are available through this website very soon.

Can Yeast from Vagina be spread to Nipples?

Yes it can, especially during sexual acts. It is important to maintain a high level of hygiene to avoid the cross contamination of a yeast infection from one part of the body to another.

Can Yeast in the Stool cause Vaginal Yeast Infections?

Absolutely, and this is one of the most common ways for a woman to develop a vaginal yeast infection. During wiping, it is very important to wipe from front to back to avoid the contamination of any faecal matter from the anus to the vaginal region.