So... You're in your Yeast Infection Era
If there are two things people with vagina’s should know: it’s to love yourself first and how to navigate a yeast infection.
One day you are complaining about an awkward date, the next, you are clouded by a burning sensation down there, longing for the simpler days of BYI (Before Yeast Infection).
Welcome to your Yeast Infection Era. Here is what you need to know.
WHAT IS A YEAST INFECTION?
Most of our vagina’s contain a healthy amount of yeast. When the vagina’s balance is disturbed, it begins to overgrow a specific kind of yeast called candida. A yeast Infection, also known as “candidiasis”, causes itching, burning, redness and swelling of the vagina and vulva. It also causes pain during sex and urination, and may produce thick, white, odourless discharge. A yeast infection is not an STI.
Welcome to the club. Around 75% of people with vagina’s will have at least one vaginal yeast infection in their life.
While the vagina is an evolutionary masterpiece, it is highly sensitive and has strict rules. Yeast infections may be caused by:
- A weak immune system
- Normal changes in hormone levels
- Antibiotics, cortisone, and other drugs
- A natural reaction to another person's genital chemistry
- Sitting in a wet bathing suit
- Not showering and changing out of sweaty clothes
- Scented tampons or vaginal deodorants
WHAT TO DO
Contact your healthcare provider when you notice any changes in your vagina. If you are diagnosed with a yeast infection, you will be prescribed antifungal medication. Medications may be oral, topical or inserted vaginally with an applicator. Do not have sex until symptoms have cleared and you have finished treatment. Contact your doctor if you are still experiencing signs of discomfort after medication.
We will get through this together.