Let me guess, as a lady, you woke up to a itchy vagina, you decided to look it up and then you find swollen vagina walls and a great mass of cotton cheese-looking discharge all over your vagina.
And then you go all Skrrrrr! Arrrrrghh!!
Well, it is definitely scary but not odd. So calm down and learn!
What you’ve got is what is called A vaginal yeast infection. It is first of all not an overly serious infection, and doesn’t cause much harm.
Vaginal Yeast Infection is a fungal infection that causes irritation, discharge and intense itchiness of the vagina and the vulva.
The infection is also called vaginal candidiasis, and is said to affect about 3 out of 4 women at some point in their lifetimes.
While it is confirmed as a non-sexually transmitted infection, men still run a very low risk of contracting the infection via unprotected sex. Although the possibility of men contracting the Vaginal Yeast Infection is very very slim.
Men who have not been circumcised are at an increased risk of getting the Yeast Infection.
You have the Vaginal Yeast Infection if:
- You are experiencing itching and irritation in the vagina and vulva area.
- There’s this burning sensation you feel especially during intercourse or while urinating.
- Your vulva is all red and swollen
- You feel vaginal pain and soreness
- You notice rash around the vagina
- Frequent discharge of a thick, white, odor-free cottage cheese appearance element.
- Watery vaginal discharge
- In men, symptoms are experienced are:
- Small white spots
- Dry, peeling rash on the penis
- Burning sensations
Note that the Vaginal yeast Infection most of the time, leaves on its own, but to be on safe sides, it is best treated. It can be treated with over-the-counter antifungal vaginal creams or suppositories. But if you have had an experience with vaginal yeast Infection for four or more times in a year, you definitely need to see a doctor.
- First time of regular sexual activity causes hormonal changes to your body and can cause Vaginal yeast infection.
- Excessive use of Antibiotics. This tampers with the balance in natural vaginal flora.
- Uncontrolled diabetes.
- An impaired immune system.
- Taking oral contraceptives or hormone therapy that increase estrogen levels.
Cure to Vaginal Yeast Infection
Try out any of these to bid vaginal yeast infection goodbye in no time.
- Use Antifungal creams
Apply Antifungal creams, ointment or suppositories to your vagina and you have won over the infection.
- Take Yoghurt more often
Eat yogurt regularly, it helps balance necessary bacteria down there.
- Use Tee tree oil
Tea tree oil is gotten from the leaves of the tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), and can be gotten off the shelf in stores.
Insert a suppository with tea tree oil into the vagina and you are good.
- Boric acid
Apply Boric acid to your vagina for yeast infections once a day for seven days.
To avoid a second occurence of Vaginal Yeast Infection, the following tips might help.
- Wear underwears that has a cotton crotch.
- Do not wear tight-fitting wears too frequently. It likes to grow in dark, moist places.
- Stop Douching.
- Avoid the use of scented bubble bath products, pads and tampons.
- Run away from frequent hot tubs and very hot baths.
- Do not use antibiotic too frequently.
- Avoid staying in wet clothes for too long.
Note that you can have sex with the vaginal yeast, although it might increase the severity of the infection. But it is best to fix the condition before the next time you need to have sex.
Thankfully it is easy to cure, and doesn’t take time to heal.