Yeast Infections: What to do

No one wants to think about this or talk about this. It’s awkward enough going to the store and trying to decided between a variety of creams and injectables (yes, inject into your hoo-ha).  Then to stand in line? Make it stop.

Here’s what you need to know:

1) If you’ve never had a yeast infection before you should go to a doctor instead of self diagnose. Yeast infections can be an indication of many other things.

2) A yeast infection is caused by an increase in the yeast cells that are growing in the vag. The yeast cells are usually kept in check by a common bacteria, but if the balance is off that’s how yeast infections occur. (Do not try and make yogurt like this crazy lady with your vaginal bacteria)

3) Common Yeast Infection Symptoms: itchy or sore vagina, sometimes there’s clumpy white discharge, pain or burning when you pee or have sex.

4) Yeast infections most commonly occur one week before your menstrual cycle, but you should see a doctor if you get yeast infections every 3-6 months (or more frequently).

5) Most Common Causes of yeast infections: using antibiotics, immune system issues, tight clothes (like non-cotton underwear, tights, or any material that holds in warmth and moisture), using any kind of sprays on your vag and douching.

6) Treatment: Only if you aren’t pregnant, you’ve had a yeast infection before, you have not been exposed to an STI, and are not having recurrent infections. Don’t use tampons or have sex during a yeast infection. Treatment includes vaginal anti fungal medicines (like Monostat), an oral anti fungal medicine, or vaginal boric acid capsules.

Note: these medicines can weaken the latex of condoms, it’s probably better to just avoid sex all together.