9 Symptoms of a Yeast Infection

Yeast infections are a common issue among women; one of the highest causes of creating a less-than-happy environment down there. A vaginal yeast infection, or yeast vaginitis, is essentially a disturbance of the normal balance of yeast and bacteria within the vagina. While the yeast and bacteria are always present in the vagina, the “good” bacteria will normally prevent an overabundance of yeast. When yeast overgrowth occurs, this is when the symptoms start, displaying themselves typically as itchiness and discomfort in and around the vagina and the vulva (tissues surrounding the vaginal opening), along with a change in discharge.

Most women are familiar with this type of infection, as they do affect approximately three quarters of all women, likely due to the many ways they can creep up on you. These infections can be caused by poor hygiene, poor eating habits, a hormonal imbalance (particularly during pregnancy or near menstrual cycles), and can even be spread through mouth or genital contact. In short, the vagina has a delicate ecosystem and there are many things that can throw off its much-needed balance. Some women even experience yeast infections because of damp clothing, antibiotics (lowering the good bacteria), stress, or a strange soap or detergent. They can be more complicated during pregnancies or if a woman has diabetes, but it is always wise to see a doctor if any of the signs below are occurring.

1. Vaginal Itching

Vaginal itching is one of the most common signs of a yeast infection, not to mention it is one of the earliest hints that you might find. Itching is the main symptom and it will typically be the earliest to present itself when faced with this type of infection. The vaginal itching can occur in and around the vaginal area, and sometimes both, but the source will be localized from the vagina or vulva and then spread. It can be extremely intense and is often quite persistent, with many women experiencing a burning that goes with the itch or a painful feeling when scratched. Even if the vaginal itching is not present at all times, it will indeed persist through long and painful days until it is treated. Unfortunately, itching can be a symptom of a variety of other issues, such as a sexually transmitted disease, razor burn or even change of soap. It is wise to consult a doctor for any vaginal itching; yet, if paired with other symptoms below, it is a likely indicator of a yeast infection, and together the combination is a further indicator for you to consult a doctor or gynecologist.