Almost 70% of women on the earth had vaginal yeast infection at least once in their life, every second women had it several times and in 5% of cases it turned into chronic yeast infection. Despite the statistics, we will also ask men to read this article since the problem of yeast infection concerns everyone, no matter of sex and age. So, here you have 5 myths about vaginal yeast infection that you should forget for good and the explanation why.
Yeast infection occurs most often because of dysbiosis, which is caused by antibiotics.
Let’s do all the i’s and cross all the t’s and forget once for good this terrible word “dysbiosis”. This disease does not exist. There is gastritis, gastric or duodenal ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux disease, lactose or gluten intolerance, and so on. But dysbiosis does not exist.
Here’s a whole list what may cause yeast infection: vaginal infection; sugar diabetes; the use of various antibacterial drugs or glucocorticoids; frequent vaginal douches performed in a wrong way; improper use of tampons and sanitary pads; inappropriate underwear (thongs, panties made of artificial materials); spermicidal lubricant condoms; vaginal eczema; long-term use of an intrauterine device; hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, oral contraceptives; frequent use of intimate sprays and deodorants; weak immune system (frequent stress, poor nutrition, immunosuppressants, having chemotherapy or radiation therapy, HIV infection).
And finally the most important – the vaginal yeast infection is caused by Candida (a genus of yeast). It is not caused by cold, unprotected sex, or anything else. Five species of candida cause infections in human body – C.albicans, C.tropicalis, C.krusei, C.glabrata, S.parapsilosis. Urogenital candidiasis is caused in 80-90% by Candida albicans, and the other 10-20% by other species, mainly C. glabrata.
Yeast infection does not have to be treated with expensive drugs, a chamomile decoction is enough and if symptoms are not strong, then it does not have to be treated at all, it will go away.
Yeast infection will not go away. Its symptoms can decrease or disappear for a while, but the candida will multiply and multiply. Yes, some folk remedies, such as douching or washing with herbs decoction or soda solution, can relieve itching and other unpleasant symptoms, but it will not eliminate the fungus which can easily get to your intestine or mouth.
It is also very important to not treat yourself with drugs which helped your friend / neighbor / colleague or which your doctor subscribed the last time because our body can develop antifungal drugs resistance and drugs that have cured yeast the last time, this time may not help.
As for the question “Should I go to a doctor or not” – of course it is better to do so and perform analysis. Very often yeast infection may hide dangerous diseases such as trichomonas, mycoplasma and so on.
Yeast infection is absolutely not dangerous, it’s as common as a cold. Well, it occurred so let it be. It’s not a cancer.
Indeed, there is link between yeast infection and cervical cancer. However, untreated yeast infection can turn into chronic yeast infection and cause serious problems with sexual life. In addition, chronic yeast infection may cause Candida cystitis, and in rare cases also Candida cervicitis and salpingitis (infection of the fallopian tubes and uterus). Yeast infection during pregnancy can lead to complications, including secondary infections, as well as a newborn may become infected during delivery.
People living with HIV need to take seriously symptoms of their body, as they are more at risk of getting infected with vaginal yeast infection and oral thrush. This risk is especially high for people with HIV whose level of CD4 cells is less than 200 cells / ml. Besides the candidiasis, people living with HIV throughout their lives are at risk to develop one of more than 20 major opportunistic infections. How to reduce this risk of infection? Be committed to antiretroviral therapy, lead a healthy lifestyle and track your body’s signs.
Vaginal yeast infection does not happen to those who are not sexually active yet, it is impossible.
It is very possible because the Candida fungus lives in all of our mucous membranes constantly, not only during the infection. The thing is that some factors provoke its reproduction and only then yeast infection begins. Therefore, girls who are not sexually active yet are also exposed to thrush especially in cases of the violation of hormones and vaginal microflora or low immune system.
Yeast infection can be transmitted through sexual intercourse, so if one of partners has infection, the other one should also get treatment.
It’s a lie! Scientists have already proved that vaginal yeast infection is not sexually transmitted. As for the recommendation to abstain from sexual intercourse during the yeast infection and its treatment – the reason is simple. During yeast infection it is simply impossible to have sex due to constant itching and burning, and vaginal sex can only exacerbate symptoms. If you have a regular sexual partner, it is not necessary for him to take the same treatment. But be sure to get tested for yeast infection to make sure that everything is in ok. The only possible way to sexually transmit yeast infection is through oral sex, and only if one of the partners has oral thrush.
Yeast infection occurs only in women, so men have nothing to worry about.
It’s not true. Men who have problems with immune system or chronic diseases (for example, diabetes or HIV infection) can have thrush the same as women, both oral and vaginal. The symptoms are like usual: white cheesy discharge, itching and burning during urination. As for oral thrush – white patches inside the mouth, dry mucous membranes, problems with swallowing, sometimes fever. If you are interested why yeast infection occurs supposedly less frequently in men than in women, we will tell you: just because the symptoms of yeast infection in men are more hidden and men for a long time may not even realize that they are sick.