Yeast Infections Supplements
Yeast infections are the most common type of vaginal infections. Yeast
infections are likely to affect three out of four women at least once
in their lifetime.
Yeast infection, also known as candidiasis, is the name for a common
infection caused by a type of yeast or fungus called Candida. Candida
is normally found in the body. When your body is in balance it usually
causes no problems. Sometimes, though, yeast fungi do grow too much, and
this can cause an infection. These infections usually occur in warm, moist
parts of the body, such as the mouth and moist areas of skin.
Yeast infections are fairly easy to treat.
Yeast feeds on glucose, so anything that increases your blood sugar
or changes the hormonal balance that regulates blood sugar can help yeast
to grow out of control.
Factors which can lead to a yeast infection:
- hormonal changes that come with pregnancy or even before monthly periods
- taking hormones, birth control pills, antibiotics (especially broad
spectrum antibiotics), steroid medicines (such as prednisone)
- having elevated blood sugar such as found in uncontrolled diabetes
- vaginal intercourse, especially with inadequate lubrication
- fatigue and stress
- itching, irritation and redness around the external genitalia
- thick, white discharge that looks like cottage cheese and may smell
- burning and/or pain when you urinate or have sex