What is a Yeast Infection? It is simply an imbalance of yeast in the vagina caused primarily by an overgrowth of the yeast fungus, Candida albicans. Candida live in small numbers and is always present in women's bodies (men's too). It's also the same fungus that causes diaper rash. Usually yeast is kept in check by "helpful" bacteria which are naturally present. Sometimes the normal balance of the vagina is disturbed. When that happens, Candida albicans can multiply, resulting in a vaginal yeast infection (which your doctor may call candidiasis). For more information, visit What Causes Yeast Infections.
Candida Yeast Infection Signs and Symptoms Perhaps you're feeling intensely uncomfortable, embarrassed or even scared. That's normal, especially if you've never had a vaginal yeast infection before. Here's what you should look for... Typical Yeast Infection Symptoms Vaginal itching Vaginal discharge that may be thick, white, and lumpy like cottage cheese Vaginal soreness, irritation, or burning Rash or redness on the skin outside the vagina (vulva) Burning on urination Painful vaginal intercourse (sex) Unrelated Symptoms Fever Chills Lower abdominal, back, or shoulder pain Nausea or vomiting Foul-smelling vaginal discharge Missed periods The unrelated symptoms may be signs of other vaginal conditions, such as a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or a tubal pregnancy. If you have any of these symptoms, contact your doctor or health care provider immediately.
How Common Are Vaginal Yeast Infections? More common than you might think. Nearly 3 out of every 4 women have a run-in with at least one candida yeast infection in their lives. So, you're not alone. The good news is that a vaginal yeast infection is seldom serious. And, it's easily curable with an effective over-the-counter treatment such as MONISTAT?1 Combination Pack with OVULE insert.