Vulvovaginal Candidiasis which is also known as Vaginal Yeast infection is generally a common condition amongst ladies.
Studies show that 3 out of 4 women are likely to have a vaginal yeast infection at a point or the other in life.
Vaginal yeast infection is caused as a result of imbalance level of yeast and bacteria in the body.
Contrary to general belief, Vagina Yeast infection is not a sexually transmitted infection (STI). However, it is common amongst women who are sexually active.
Several factors can lead to Vaginal Yeast infection and they are:
– Lack of sleep
– Hormonal imbalance
– Weak Immune system
– Uncontrolled diabetes
– Poor eating habits
There are some things you should know about vaginal yeast infection and they are:
– An untreated vagina yeast infection can increase your chances of having a sexually transmitted disease. This is because the vagina is already inflamed so it makes it easy to injure the delicate tissue during sex which can increase your chances of having an STD.
– Women who have high blood sugar are most likely to have a yeast infection. This is because when your blood-glucose level is on the increases, the high sugar level is more likely to increase the yeast growth.
– Avoiding tight clothing that makes you sweat, and ensure you wear breathable cotton underwear (most especially when working out) can reduce your chances of having a yeast infection
– Yeast infection is not restricted to women only because men can also have it. Men can get yeast infections in their genitals, mouths, and other areas.
– Although, a yeast infection is not an STI but also ensure you get tested for STI when you have a yeast infection. This is one of the best ways to stay healthy.
– Vaginal yeast infection has nothing to do with your hygiene level and mostly yeast infection is due to an altered pH balance.
In conclusion, ensure you visit your doctor when you experience these symptoms
– Pain during sex.
– Burning sensation during urination or during sex.
– Vagina itching.
– Swelling around the vagina.
– Whitish-grey and clumpy vaginal discharge.
Written by : Temitope Ikusika
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