What Causes Vulvovaginal Candidiasis?
Vulvovaginal candidiasis is a specific term used for vaginal yeast infections. You may have also heard it referred to as a genital yeast infection. It is caused by the fungus Candida albicans, which is the bacteria that causes a candida overgrowth.
Vaginal yeast infections are something that nearly every woman will experience. As many as three out of four women will experience at least one vaginal yeast infection in their lifetime. The first time I ever got one was as a young girl, when given antibiotics for a throat infection from a doctor.
I quickly learned that for me, antibiotics killed my good bacteria and the Candida fungus was able to take hold.
It can be very embarrassing, not to mention very uncomfortable! The worst symptoms are the itching and discharge. Sometimes, the symptoms of yeast infections can look like the symptoms of other problems.
- Vulvovaginal Candidiasis is not a sexually transmitted disease, because women can develop an overgrowth of candida for many reasons – and they may not even be sexually active.
- However, you can get yeast infections from sexual intercourse, so you should be aware of that, as even married couples can transfer the bacteria back and forth. Basically, you can get a yeast infection because there is an imbalance of yeast and “good” bacteria in your body.
The bacteria that is naturally occurring in the body tends to feed off the yeast, but when something causes a disruption in the balance, this is when you can develop a candida overgrowth or vaginal yeast infection.
There are many different things which can cause you to suffer from a case of vulvovaginal Candidiasis, such as douching, unprotected sex with someone who has a yeast infection, taking antibiotics and factors such as your menstrual cycle, pregnancy and right down to the clothing you wear.
Signs Of A Vaginal Yeast Infection
The signs and symptoms include a burning feeling or itchiness, in and around the vaginal area, and quite often a whitish discharge is visible.
These symptoms can be mild or severe, depending on the severity of the infection, but should be treated no matter how mild the symptoms are.
Prevention Is Keeping The Balance
Prevention can play a major role in keeping the balance of the good and bad bacteria. Knowing what you can do to prevent vaginal yeast infections, is a good first step!
Plus as discussed, the good bacteria needs to outweigh the bad, so to keep the balance in your body strong and working well, consider helping the good bacteria fight as much as you can.
For instance, the live cultures found in yogurt are healthy bacteria. It helps with the digestive system too. So consider eating some ‘good’ yogurt (not just the yummy, sweet ones) daily until you get the balance back. Some women insert the natural cultured variety of yogurt into their vagina and say they get good results. I personally have never done this, so cannot say if it is effective or not.
Although vaginal yeast infections are embarrassing and painful for many, once you know how to treat the problem and try to prevent the candida overgrowth as much as possible, you can soon be yeast infection free.
- In many cases you can prevent yeast infections by simply not douching or using scented feminine protection products, soaps or talcs.
- Wear cotton underwear, instead of slinky nylon or polyester styles and avoid tight clothing, such as jeans that pull too high into your groin.
- Only use unscented toilet paper.
- Keep yourself clean and dry and if you sweat or swim.
- Get out of damp clothing as soon as you can to prevent an environment-rich are for Candida albicans growth.
- Avoid eating too many sugary foods or foods which are high in yeast, or white starchy foods such as white bread, buns or cakes.
- Use natural yeast infection remedies and homeopathic remedies to keep a candida overgrowth under control.
If your doctor has told you that you have vulvovaginal candidiasis, don’t be alarmed…just take control and follow a few simple steps and work to prevent it from coming back! This is one health problem you can take control of!
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