Yikes! 75% of women will experience at least one yeast infection in their lives - worse, half will have multiple infections. The technical term for this incredibly uncomfortable infection is vulvovaginal candidiasis or VVC for short. To try and unpack this confusing and terrible little infection, we went to the ends of the internet to find you three super informative articles that can leave you feeling like you've finally got an understanding of what the f*^$ is going on with your lady parts.
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Published by the Department of Health and Human Service's own comprehensive overview of Vaginal Yeast Infections. They provide a straightforward explanaition of yeast infections, how they work why they happen, and steps you can take to treat them. From: WomensHealth.gov, 2017
- At least 50% of women have multiple yeast infections in their life.
- Yeast infections are caused by the overgrowth of the fungus Candida.
- Good news, there are many steps you can take to prevent VVC!
This is a very detailed and technical paper that may require a glass of wine to get through. That said, It's a very comprehensive explanation of the pathology of VVC. From: Clinical Microbiology Review, 2010.
- Among causes of vaginitis, VVC is the second most common cause of vaginal irritation after bacterial vaginosis (BV) and is diagnosed in up to 40% of women with vaginal complaints in the primary care setting.
- Recurring yeast infections (RVVC) are reported to have the greatest negative impact on work and social life.
- a 1995 study found that vaginal anti-fungal sales reached $174 million in the US alone.
The University of Maryland's Complementary and Alternative Medicine guide discusses the effectiveness of number of "alternative" therapies including probiotic and herbal treatments. From: University of Maryland 2015
- Natural anti-fungals and probiotics improve the body's ability to keep Candida in check.
- Tea Tree has been shown to be a clinically effective anti-fungal.
- Women should avoid overuse of antibiotics that kill the friendly bacteria that keep Candida under control.
Not to be missed! This quick read seeks to answer your important question. From Yeast Infections to Irritation from Sex, this article discusses the causes and pathology behind what might be ailing you. From: Teen Vogue, 2016.
- Exercise, intercourse, and douching can disrupt the normal pH of the vagina, which, in turn, upsets the balance between the friendly and the unfriendly bacteria.
- Getting to know your own vagina, through education and exploration on your own will seriously help you understand what's going on down there.
We truly hope this is helpful, informative, and empowering. Oh, and we’re always looking for more info - Please let us know what articles we might have missed!