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The female body is a wondrous, complicated system, and sometimes things can get out of whack.
When that happens, certain feminine health issues, like vaginal infections, can occur.
So what causes a yeast infection?
A yeast infection (candidiasis) is caused by an overgrowth of yeast that normally lives in the vagina.
One of the causes of yeast infections is antibiotics.
See how antibiotics and other drugs can trigger a yeast infection. Do not stop taking antibiotics
without first asking your doctor.
Let's talk hormones.
Pregnancy, menstruation and estrogen fluctuations can all trigger a yeast infection.
If you're pregnant or think you're pregnant, make sure to speak with your doctor before using any
products to treat your symptoms.
What about diabetes and yeast infections?
The truth is if your diabetes is not well controlled, you have a greater chance of getting yeast infections.
Find out how high blood sugar can lead to a candida infection.
What else can cause a yeast infection?
- A compromised immune system
- Injury to the inner vagina (such as damage to
cells from chemotherapy)
Sex and Yeast Infections
Vaginal yeast infections are usually not spread by having sex. However, if you have a yeast infection
you may want to avoid sexual activity until the infection is gone. Sexual intercourse can be painful and
increase vaginal burning and inflammation. It's also important to know that some sexually transmitted
diseases have symptoms that may mirror a yeast infection. NOTE: vaginal yeast infections do NOT cause
fever, chills, lower abdominal, back or shoulder pain, foul-smelling vaginal discharge, or a missed period.
These may be signs of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or a tubal pregnancy. If you have these symptoms,
call your doctor right away.