A vaginal yeast infection is a fungal infection that causes irritation, discharge and intense itchiness of the vagina and the vulva — the tissues at the vaginal opening. Also called vaginal candidiasis, vaginal yeast infection affects up to 3 out of 4 women at some point in their lifetimes. Many women experience at least two episodes. A vaginal yeast infection isn't considered a sexually transmitted infection. But, there's an increased risk of vaginal yeast infection at the time of first regular sexual activity.
Thrush: What's Actually Going On With Your Vagina
It is sometimes linked to taking the Pill, and if it recurs frequently, a different method of contraception may be advisable. Any genital discomfort is worrying and it can be very easy to confuse burning or itching sensations. Yet Thrush and Cystitis have quite different causes and require different treatments. Thrush is a yeast infection which occurs when a change in the vagina's acid balance leads to an increase in the growth of a common fungus, candida. It is commonly caused by taking antibiotics that destroy the protective bacteria that normally suppress the candida population. Pregnancy, diabetes, the Pill and tight, synthetic clothing are also thought to encourage the fungus.
Vaginal Yeast Infection Signs and Symptoms
Vaginal Thrush is very common. Around three-quarters of women will have Thrush at some point in their lives. It is harmless, but it can be uncomfortable. Many people have a small amount of the Candida Albicans fungus in their bodies. In most people, Thrush develops without any specific trigger, but you may be more likely to develop Thrush if you:.