So what is a yeast infection?
A vaginal yeast infection is a common condition inside the vagina caused by an overgrowth of yeast (Candida) that normally live in the vagina. Your doctor may call this infection "monilia" or "candidiasis." Some women may have burning, itching, or irritation on the skin outside the vagina (vulva) at the same time that they have a vaginal yeast infection.
What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?
When you have a vaginal yeast infection, you may have one or more of the following symptoms: vaginal itching, vaginal discharge that may be thick, white and lumpy like cottage cheese, vaginal soreness, irritation or burning, rash or redness on the skin outside the vagina (vulva), burning upon urination, and painful vaginal intercourse (sex).
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.
If this is your first yeast infection, it's important to talk with your doctor first to confirm the diagnosis. Not sure what to ask? There are some questions about your first yeast infection to discuss with your doctor below. Once your doctor has confirmed it's a yeast infection, take a deep breath and reach for MONISTAT®. MONISTAT® is the #1 brand recommended by doctors to cure a yeast infection among OTC (over-the-counter) treatments.
Some things that you can do to prevent vaginal yeast infections are:
- Avoid scented hygiene products like bubble bath, sprays, pads, and tampons
- Change tampons and pads often during your period
- Avoid tight underwear or clothes made of synthetic fibers
- Wear cotton underwear and pantyhose with a cotton crotch
- Change out of wet swimsuits and exercise clothes as soon as you can
- If you keep getting yeast infections, be sure and talk with your doctor
First Time Yeast Infection Questions
Take this list of questions about yeast infections with you when you visit your doctor.
- Besides the symptoms that I have, are there other symptoms that are common signs of a vaginal yeast infection?
- What could be causing my vaginal yeast infection?
- What kind of treatment do you recommend for the fastest relief?
- If I do have a yeast infection, would a MONISTAT® 1-, 3- or 7-day treatment be more appropriate for me?
- Would I get faster relief from discomfort and irritation with an over-the-counter (OTC) topical cream like MONISTAT® or an oral prescription?
- Will my treatment interact with any OTC or prescription medications I'm taking?
- Do I have any health conditions that may increase my risk of contracting or complicating a yeast infection?
- If I get another yeast infection, is it all right to treat myself with an OTC product such as MONISTAT®, or do I need to call you first?
- What should I tell my partner about my yeast infection? Are yeast infections transferable?
- When can I resume sexual relations?