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Whats a yeast infection

By Anonymous September 5, 2011 - 7:34pm
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Hi Anon,

A vaginal yeast infection is caused by a yeast fungus. The fungus is called Candida albicans . While yeast is common in the vagina, it can cause problems when it grows excessively. This excess growth causes the uncomfortable symptoms

Yeast grows in conditions that are less acidic. Vaginal fluids are most often mildly acidic but this can change. For example, acid levels can go down during menstrual flow. "Good" bacteria also helps keep yeast levels in check. Conditions that decrease the good bacteria will also increase the chance of a yeast infection.

Risk Factors
These factors increase your chance of a yeast infection. Tell your doctor if you have any of these risk factors:

Situations that can cause hormonal changes:
Birth control pills
Steroid use
Broad-spectrum antibiotics
Diabetes , especially when blood sugar is not well-controlled
A compromised immune system, such as with HIV infection
Perfumed feminine hygiene sprays, deodorant tampons, or bubble bath
Tight jeans, synthetic underwear, or a wet swimsuit

For more information on yeast infections, please read through our yeast infection page: http://www.empowher.com/condition/yeast-infection/symptoms

Hope this helps,


September 6, 2011 - 7:45am
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