Dr. MJ Bazos MD,
How do I know if I have a yeast
If you have a yeast
infection, you may have a thick, white discharge from your vagina. You may also
have itching or discomfort. If you have a discharge, it usually doesn't smell
bad. You may have a burning feeling around the outside of your vagina when you
go to the bathroom or have sex.
I think that I have a yeast infection, do I need to see my doctor?
You need to see your doctor:
- If you haven't seen your doctor before because of
a yeast infection.
- If medicine you have been given for previous
yeast infections is not working.
- If your symptoms are different than the ones you
had with previous yeast infections.
Why do my yeast
infections keep coming back?
people are more likely to get yeast infections--for no particular reason. Your
doctor may want to check to see if you have a medical problem that is affecting
your immune system. However, most people who keep getting yeast infections are
Certain things may increase
your chance of getting another yeast infection:
- Having your period
- Taking antibiotics
- Taking birth control pills
- Having sex often
Your chance of getting
another yeast infection may also be greater if you wear synthetic underwear or
tight pants that increase moisture in your genital area.
How do I get rid of these yeast
Your doctor may
recommend a cream or tablets that you put in your vagina or tablets that you
take by mouth. To keep the yeast infection from coming back, you might need to
take medicine each month when you have your period. You might even have to take
medicine every day.
Does my sexual
partner need to be treated?
Doctors have found no benefit to treating the sexual partners of women with
Can eating yogurt
help prevent yeast infections?
one small study, women who ate 8 ounces a day of yogurt containing a live
bacteria (called Lactobacillus acidophilus) had fewer yeast infections.
However, another study did not show any benefit from eating yogurt. If you like
yogurt, it will not hurt you, and it may help.