Vaginal yeast infection

Many vaginal discomforts can be put down to thrush, also known as vaginal yeast or candida infection. A vaginal yeast infection is caused by Candida albicans, a micro-organism that is commonly found on our skin and mucous membranes. However, when the vaginal flora gets disrupted (by use of antibiotics, intensive washing, vaginal dryness etc.) or due to other factors (such as hormonal fluctuations), candida can overgrow and cause discomforts such as itching, irritation, pain and discharge. This is referred to as a vaginal yeast infection. Some women are more prone to vaginal yeast infection than others.

Symptoms of vaginal yeast infection

The main symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection are:

  • vaginal itching and irritation
  • unusual discharge, white and thick, often described as being similar to cottage cheese
  • redness and soreness
  • vaginal pain, especially during or after sexual intercourse

It is important to make a distinction between vaginal thrush and vaginal discomforts. Even though these two problems can have similar symptoms, the appropriate therapy is rather different.

"Candida can be easily treated with antimycotics, although their effect does not stop the vaginal yeast infection from recurring"