Fast-working vaginal yeast infection treatments
Vaginal yeast infections, although not necessarily something women talk about frequently, are super common. In fact, three out of four women will experience at least one in their lifetime. But what is a yeast infection? What causes them? Is it an STD/STI? How do I get rid of a vaginal yeast infection fast? We have all of the answers you’re looking for.
What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?
When something just feels “off” in your vagina, it can make everything feel else off-kilter, too. It’s distracting, uncomfortable, and can be somewhat embarrassing and anxiety-producing. At the first sign of burning, itching, or unfamiliar changes, it’s easy for your mind to wander to worst-case scenarios.
When you have a vaginal yeast infection, your symptoms may include:
- Thick, white discharge, almost like cottage cheese, or very watery discharge
- Itching and irritation
- Burning and discomfort, especially during urination or sexual activity
- Redness and swelling
- Pain and soreness
The symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection may vary from person to person or infection to infection, so even if it doesn’t feel exactly like your last yeast infection, it’s still something to get treated.
What causes vaginal yeast infections?
Vaginal yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of fungus that naturally occurs in the vagina, but is kept in balance by good bacteria. As human beings, we actually have many kinds of fungus living in our bodies naturally in small amounts. When a certain fungus, called candida, grows and multiplies out of control, you end up with a yeast infection. Yeast infections can actually occur in different places on the body—like in the mouth or throat (called “oral thrush”)—not just vaginally.
There are a few reasons that you could be experiencing a vaginal yeast infection.
- Antibiotics — Antibiotics work to get rid of bad bacteria so that you can feel better fast, but they can also wipe out the good bacteria that keep your body in balance.
- Hormone changes — Think menstrual cycles, pregnancy, or starting a new hormonal birth control method.
- Uncontrolled diabetes — Yeast feeds off of sugar, so if your blood sugar isn’t under control, it can cause more frequent vaginal yeast infections.
- Certain spermicides or lubricants — Reactions to the active ingredients in spermicides and lubricants can cause irritation and imbalance in the vagina. Make sure you’re not allergic to any new products you choose to use.
- Certain clothing, underwear, or swimwear — Clothing that traps moisture and doesn’t allow your body to properly breathe can create a breeding ground for yeast.
Is a vaginal yeast infection an STD / STI?
Vaginal yeast infections can carry similar symptoms to certain STIs, but they are not contagious, and cannot be sexually transmitted. So, you can have sex if you have a yeast infection without “passing” it to your partner, though it may be uncomfortable. That said, while yeast infections can’t be sexually transmitted, women who have sex with men may experience yeast infections more often because it can upset the natural balance of your vagina and vulva, triggering an overgrowth of yeast.
How can I get rid of a vaginal yeast infection?
Vaginas have a natural ability to balance themselves out when the pH balance starts to tip in one direction or the other—and you often won’t even notice. That said, when you start to feel symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection, the scales have likely tipped too far in one direction or the other for it to resolve on its own. But, it can be hard to know which over-the-counter treatment to go with, and they can often be expensive, messy, and take several days.
Thankfully, there is fast-working vaginal yeast infection treatment at your disposal at the first sign of trouble.
Yeast infections are commonly treated with prescription oral antifungals, or antifungal suppositories and creams. The second you feel that burning and itching, it's easy to get the treatment you need with a quick online visit. You’ll answer a few questions about your symptoms and medical history to pinpoint the cause, and receive a personalized treatment plan from one of our certified nurse practitioners.
Home remedies for vaginal yeast infections: an important distinction
There are a lot of recommendations out there for home remedies for vaginal yeast infections, including yogurt or other probiotic-rich foods, boric acid, douching, and essential oils. Though probiotics can play a part in caring for your gut and promoting pH balance, they cannot treat an already imbalanced fungal overgrowth. Products like boric acid, douching, and certain essential oils can be irritating to the already sensitive skin of your vagina and cause more harm than good.
How can I prevent future yeast infections?
When you’ve had a vaginal yeast infection, you don’t want to experience one again. Follow these tips to keep your vagina’s pH happy and balanced:
- Switch to cotton underwear — Yes, the lace and silky fabrics can feel luxe, but your body will thank you for the breathable fabric.
- Consider a looser fit — Make sure your favorite jeans or go-to workout leggings allow breathability and don’t trap moisture.
- Avoid harsh chemicals, fragrances, and detergents — The vagina is a self-cleaning organ, so water is all you need to keep it clean. Avoid using feminine washes, scented products, or soaps on your vulva to keep the pH balanced.
- Change out of wet clothing promptly — After a sweaty gym session or relaxing swim, change into dry clothes as quickly as possible to prevent too much moisture in that area.
- Only use antibiotics when necessary — Not only is it important to avoid antibiotic resistance, but antibiotics can really throw off the natural balance of your body. Only take antibiotics when instructed by your doctor.
Get treatment for your vaginal yeast infection fast from home
When your body feels out of whack, you don’t feel like yourself. Get treated today by starting your visit at Virtuwell, and get back to feeling better and confident ASAP.
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