Yeast infections are caused by an overabundance of a yeast fungus in the vagina. Yeast fungi always live in the vagina but they don't usually don't cause an infection because they are controlled by the natural acidity of vaginal secretions. But the use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and changes in body chemistry can increase the likelihood of a yeast infection.
Symptoms of a yeast infection include:
- thick, white vaginal discharge
- intense itching
- inflamed external genitalia
Yeast infections are usually treated with vaginal creams or suppositories. The medication prescribed for you should be used according to the specific directions given. Even if your symptoms disappear it is important that you complete the prescribed treatment. You should also complete the treatment even if you begin to menstruate, but do not use tampons as they will absorb the medication.