Most women can count on having a vaginal yeast infection at least once in their lives. Candida albicans is the most common cause of the itching and burning experienced when too many yeast cells multiply in the vagina. Some yeast cells are almost always present but are kept under control by beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus.
There are several causes for a vaginal yeast infection including:
• Taking antibiotics or oral contraceptives
• High estrogen levels, e.g., during pregnancy
• An impaired immune system
• Uncontrolled diabetes
If you’ve had a vaginal yeast infection in the past and recognize the signs and symptoms, try an over-the-counter treatment such as miconazole. Be sure to see your OB/GYN if:
• You’ve never had a vaginal yeast infection before
• You’re pregnant
• You’ve experienced four or more yeast infections in a year
If your diabetes is not well controlled, speak with your OB/GYN and your diabetes management team. Uncontrolled diabetes has many severe complications. See our skilled healthcare providers who will put together a team who will work together for your best health.