A vaginal yeast infection is neither dangerous nor contagious, but it is very annoying. Fortunately, the experts at Maastricht UMC + know what to do with a vaginal yeast infection and give tips.
Symptoms of the vaginal yeast infection
If you have a vaginal yeast infection, you may experience itching, vaginal discharge and sometimes painful urination. Many women are ashamed of it because they mistakenly believe it is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or that it is due to poor hygiene. Not true! It is mainly due to a disruption of the natural balance between fungi and bacteria in the vagina.
Causes of the vaginal yeast infection
A vaginal yeast infection can occur with:
- With hormonal changes – for example around menstruation or during pregnancy – fungi seem to grow better
- Thorough washing of the vagina with soap – also with neutral soap – this irritates the mucous membrane, which can increase the number of fungi
- Antibiotic use, antibiotics can kill certain types of bacteria in the vagina, allowing fungi to spread
- Use other medications, such as corticosteroids, which may increase the risk of developing fungal infections
- Diabetes, women with diabetes have a greater risk of vaginal yeast infections
- Stress and tension, they can also unbalance things down there.
What to do about a vaginal yeast infection?
In order to prevent vaginal yeast infections or to speed up recovery, it is important to disturb the natural state of the vaginal mucosa as little as possible. Here are some tips:
- When showering, only rinse the vagina from the outside with lukewarm water. No more frequent or more thorough washing is necessary, the inside of the vagina cleans itself.
- Do not use vaginal rinses, soap, deodorant or other agents such as tea tree oil. These agents can irritate the lining of the vagina and there is no evidence that they help.
- Home remedies such as garlic, probiotics or yogurt do not help either.
- Intercourse while the vagina is still dry can irritate the mucous membrane. So take the time to get excited and use a neutral lubricant if necessary. And don’t make love if it hurts!
- At the drugstore and pharmacy you will find creams and tablets that help against the infection. But if the complaints are persistent or recur often, go to the doctor.