YEAST INFECTION SOS
In honor of Best Friend’s Day, we’re dedicating this post to the girl you share the good, the bad and the ugly with. She’s the only one you can talk to about anything, even embarrassing topics, like yeast infection signs and symptoms that include feminine itch, burning and occasional vaginal discharge. Yes, the D-word: discharge. Here are some TMI discharge topics you might discuss with your BFF.
WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL WITH VAGINAL DISCHARGE?
First, all women have some vaginal discharge. Typical discharge may be clear, or cloudy white, and odorless, and minor changes can occur for a variety of reasons including menstrual cycle, stress and nutrition. However, sound the alarm if occasional changes in discharge occur, such as unusual color, clumping, copious discharge, or foul odor, because it could be the sign of a yeast infection or another type of vaginal infection.
WHY MIGHT MY VAGINAL DISCHARGE BE CLUMPY OCCASIONALLY?
Otherwise known between BFFs as the “cottage cheese effect,” a white clumpy discharge could be a sign of a yeast infection and you should seek a medical professional’s diagnosis and treatment if it is your first yeast infection or if your symptoms are different than usual. If your vaginal discharge is an unusual color such as gray, yellow or green this could be a sign of a sexually transmitted infection (STI) such as trichomoniasis or some other form of vaginitis—it’s important to see the doc so get moving!1
WHY AM I ITCHY?
If you are experiencing a typical feminine itching, burning or soreness, chances are you could have a yeast infection. There are several risk factors for a yeast infection, including stress, diabetes, oral contraceptive use, douching or antibiotics.2 With a yeast infection,Candida, the name of the particular yeast strain, has overgrown in the vagina resulting in symptoms. But in some cases, feminine itch could be a symptom of an STI. It is especially important to see your healthcare provider for medical advice and treatment!
ASK A PROFESSIONAL
We all know it could be embarrassing to talk about issues like vaginitis and vaginal discharge, but guess what? Three out of every four women will have at least one vaginal infection caused by yeast overgrowth at some point in their lives.3 If you are not certain about what’s going on down there, make an appointment with a gynecologist. And since there’s nothing that’s TMI between you and your BFF, grab her for moral support. It’s extremely important to be aware of what’s going on with your body, particularly your vagina. Early detection of any changes means you can get treatment sooner than later.
So three cheers to your best friend who’s with you through thick and thin, and keep on sharing TMI as true BFFs always do.
1 Vaginal Discharge http://www.healthline.com/symptom/vaginal-discharge
2 Yeast Infection Treatments http://www.prevention.com/health/yeast-infection-treatments
3 Yeast Infection Causes http://www.everydayhealth.com/yeast-infection/causes/