YEAST VAGINITIS (Candidiasis)
Yeast Vaginitis is caused by an overgrowth of yeast organisms that are normally present in the vagina in small amounts.
Symptoms include a thick white discharge and itching. The itching may be so intense that it is painful. This may lead to discomfort/pain with urination or intercourse.
Yeast infections usually occur when the vagina's PH is changed from acidic to alkaline (the acidic PH is what keeps the vagina healthy).
Factors that may contribute to this change include:
- taking antibiotics
- certain medical conditions (i.e. HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and pregnancy)
- a warm, moist genital environment (i.e. Damp exercise clothes, pantyhose, nylon underwear, wet bathing suit)
- hormonal fluctuations associated with menstrual cycle, including hormonal changes when initially starting birth control pills.
- An anti-fungal medication, either oral or vaginal will be prescribed. Do not use tampons during treatment with vaginal medications.
- Abstain from sexual intercourse during treatment.
- Male partners usually do not require treatment.
- With vaginal preparations, use all of the medication even if you start your period.
- Oral anti-fungal medication, such as Diflucan, is a one-dose pill. Although you finish the treatment in one day, it may take up to seven days for all your symptoms to resolve. You cannot take oral anti-fungals if you are pregnant, have liver disease or are taking certain medications. Discuss this with your health care provider.