Are you experiencing some of the most common vaginal yeast infection symptoms? How do you know if it’s already time to consult a doctor? According to a study, more than half of the female population in the world had vaginal yeast infection – a significant portion of them even had recurring infections.
Signs to look for if you think you have yeast infection
Bear in mind that the vaginal yeast infection symptoms, despite being uncomfortable and at times painful, are generally not life-threatening. Take note, however, that most of these signs and symptoms are quite similar to those of sexually transmitted infections, specifically herpes, gonorrhea and chlamydia. Therefore, it is important to consult your doctor or any health care provider if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms for you to get the proper diagnosis.
Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
This could be a yellowish fluid coming out of the vagina (closely resembles cottage cheese). In some cases, the discharge can be a thick white fluid without odor. You may not notice it at first since the discharge is usually minimal during the early stage of the infection, but you can check on your underwear or pantyliner to see if there are unusual, if not maladorous stains. When the discharge is accompanied by abdominal pain, vomiting, fever and vaginal bleeding (other than menstruation), you need to seek immediate medical help.
Swelling and redness of the vagina.
Through a pelvic examination conducted by a gynecologist, a swelling of the vagina—particularly that of the vulvar area—may be discovered. It is usually accompanied by a burning sensation and seething pain especially when passing urine.
Pain during sexual contact (penetration).
While this can be argued as a simple matter of not having enough lubrication in the vagina during intercourse, the pain does not really go away even when using lubricated condoms or personal lubricants (lubes).
Rash or Lesions
In the earlier stages of yeast infection, vaginal itching and irritation occur. But as the infection progresses, a patient may develop reddish, pus-filled bumps on the vulvar area that can spread to the anus and thighs.
Yeast infection symptoms among pregnant women
Pregnant women – particularly those on the second and third trimesters of their pregnancy – are at risk of acquiring not only vaginal yeast infection but also a number of different infections like bacterial vaginosis. While yeast infection does not necessarily affect fetal development, untreated infection during childbirth would result to your child having thrush or oral yeast infection. Thrush is easier to treat than vaginal yeast infection. On the other hand, if you are breastfeeding, your breast can be infected by the thrush from your child, making breastfeeding painful (and may sometimes result to bleeding).
Proper Diagnosis for yeast infection
Note that not all women who have yeast infection will experience these symptoms. In fact, some of them wouldn’t even know they have an infection at all. This is why it is imperative to have regular check-ups with your gynecologist – even when you think you are in the pink of health. But if this is the first time you experienced such symptoms and are quite unsure if you have yeast infection, set an appointment with your doctor to have you examined. Usually, a healthcare practitioner will do a pelvic exam to check of there is swelling or discharge. The doctor will then use a swab to collect fluid sample from your vagina. This sample will then be brought into a laboratory to find out if indeed you have vaginal yeast infection.
When to seek medical attention
Minor symptoms are easily treated by over-the-counter medications. But if symptoms persist even after you have taken the drug, it’s probably because your infection is either not caused by yeast or that the yeast infection is already in a severe stage that treating it with regular medications no longer works. Remember that this kind of infection does not go away on its own, which is why it has to be treated immediately – otherwise the spread of the infection will reach a certain level when it starts to affect your internal organs.
Getting proper help for your vaginal yeast infection
Vaginal yeast infection is a disease that affects a lot of women. Those who are suffering from this infection may or may not experience such symptoms like vaginal discharge, swelling and redness of the vagina, pain during sexual contact and lesions. Studies have also shown that pregnant women are particularly at risk of getting yeast infection (although it is not detrimental to fetal development). The best way of dealing with vaginal yeast infection is knowing what you need to do when you start to experience this symptoms. A guide will can help you with that.