Approximately 75% of women experience a vaginal yeast infection during their fertile period. In this blog, certified chemist tells everything about the development, symptoms, and treatment of a fungal infection in women.
WHAT IS A VAGINAL FUNGAL INFECTION?
What is actually a vaginal yeast infection? It is an inflammation of your vagina caused by a fungus (the Candida albicans fungus). Many women are ashamed when they have it because they think it has bad hygiene or that it is an STD. However, both are incorrect. It is very annoying when you have it, but it is not dangerous and also not contagious.
CAUSES FUNGAL INFECTION IN WOMEN
All kinds of bacteria and fungi live in a healthy vagina. As long as they keep each other in balance, there is nothing to worry about. When a certain fungus starts to dominate, you get a fungal infection. Usually, the Candida albicans fungus is the cause of a vaginal yeast infection and therefore it is also called candida. It is a common ailment: about three-quarters of women have suffered from it, so certainly not something to be ashamed of.
HOW DOES A VAGINAL FUNGAL INFECTION DEVELOP?
The balance between the bacteria and fungi in the vagina can be disrupted in various ways, namely:
Washing with soap: By washing with soap you change the acidity (pH) of your vagina, making candida easier to grow.
Antibiotics: There are antibiotics variants that kill bacteria in the vagina. This gives Candida room to grow.
Hormone fluctuations: Fluctuations in hormone levels can have a stimulating effect on the growth of candida. These fluctuations can be caused by menstruation and pregnancy or by the use of hormone preparations such as the pill.
Stress can also cause an imbalance in the vagina.
People with diabetes or low resistance are more likely to develop a vaginal fungal infection.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A VAGINAL YEAST INFECTION?
The most common symptoms are:
Burning pain in the vagina
A lot of separation that is friable and white
Pain when urinating or having sex
Itching around and in the vagina
Swelling and redness of the vaginal wall and labia.
Not every woman suffers from these symptoms and you do not have to have all the symptoms.
PREVENTING A VAGINAL YEAST INFECTION
Below are some tips that can help you prevent infection:
Wear cotton underwear that breathes well.
Do not walk too long with wet underwear or swimwear. Moisture promotes the growth of candida.
Do not wear too tight clothes
Do not wash your vagina with soap. You can use a special wax emulsion or be only with lukewarm water.
Change your tampon or sanitary napkin regularly during menstruation.
Preferably do not use panty liners.
After the stool, wipe from the front to the back. Then the candida from your intestines cannot enter your vagina.
In sex, make sure you are sufficiently excited or choose a lubricant. With a dry vagina, the mucous membranes can irritate causing candida to grow more easily.