A yeast infection is not the most common vaginal infection, but is definitely the most annoying one and unfortunately every woman is susceptible to it, irrespective of her age. Every three out of four women experience yeast infection at least once in their lifetime and the remaining may have it twice or more. Owing to the size of their genital organ, women are more susceptible to the yeast infection than men.

Interestingly, whether you have ever been infected or not, there are certain things I am sure you don’t know about this infection. So, don’t miss reading out.

Diabetic? You are surely living on the edge

Women who have diabetes are more susceptible to developing a yeast infection, though this applies to men too. The relatively higher level of glucose in the blood supports yeast growth. The immune system in such a case is compromised, thus recurrence is much more prominent. Two candida species found more commonly in the vaginal swabs include Candida albicans and Candida glabrate.

Love Carbohydrates? Time to shun them

A 2013 study published in the PLOS One journal states that carbs play a significant role in the development of candidiasis. Candida is a natural inhabitant of the human digestive system, but its amount depends on your diet. Yes, if you love eating carbs, you are at a risk of developing yeast infection easily than people who eat more proteins and fatty acids.

Symptoms? They may or may not be due to yeast

There is a huge lot of confusion. A similar thing was found out in a study in which only 11% of women could recognize the symptoms and these women never had a yeast infection. Another research found out that just one third of women who thought they had a yeast infection actually had it. Yes, the symptoms are not very peculiar, they resemble the usual problem of vagina – itching, burning, thick white discharge and pain during sex.

Itching doesn’t always indicate a fungal skin infection. Similarly, if the odor is fishy, it could be bacterial vaginosis (BV), and if it pains you or is burning, it indicates a UTI (urinary tract infection). The bottom line is that it is very difficult to say which type of infection you are carrying.

Over the counter treatment. It’s Dangerous

Are you experiencing symptoms of a yeast infection for the very first time, don’t take any over-the-counter medicine. Go to a practitioner first because if it’s not a yeast infection, then taking any wrong medication can lead to complications such as more inflammation and pain and no relief at all. Only a doctor is capable of identifying the real problem and provide the right treatment. You will also learn what to watch out for in future, if it recurs.

Need a cosmetic pantry? Really

Gynecologists call vagina “self cleaning oven”. They believe it doesn’t require scented gels, douches, perfumes and other such products to maintain its cleanliness. These tend to worsen the condition or provide no relief by causing an imbalance in the population of yeast in the vagina.

Wanna switch to other Contraceptives. You Better not

It’s basically about your hormones. Anything capable of altering it is actually altering your microbial population down there. This includes your birth control pills. It will change estrogen levels and hence falls in the risk zone. Though there are a few more things capable of doing that – antibiotics (kill healthy bacteria in the vagina) and fluctuating blood sugar levels in case of type 2 diabetes. If you have any of these and having yeast infection frequently, go visit a doctor immediately.

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