Sexual Advice 101
Sexual Advice 101

Vaginal Yeast Infection

Vaginal yeast infection occurs due to a type of yeast called Candida albicans. Areas of the skin which are rich in moisture, such as the mouth and the vagina, normally have a small amount of yeast present. However, when there is inflammation of the vagina due to yeast, it is referred to as a vaginal yeast infection, or, vaginal candidiasis. This condition usually occurs when there is new yeast that is introduced to the vagina or the area surrounding it, or else when the quantity of yeast normally present exceeds the optimal levels. This could occur due to medications that kill the protective bacteria, thereby causing the yeast to multiply uncontrollably. Another reason could be due to any injuries to the inner vagina. One situation where is occurs is after chemotherapy. Women with impaired immune systems seem more prone to yeast infections. Also prone to this condition are women suffering from diabetes or women who take oral contraceptives. While vaginal yeast infection is not a sexually transmitted disease in itself, it does cause a man to experience irritation of the skin of his penis after intercourse with a partner who is infected. The main symptoms of this condition are soreness, burning, abnormal vaginal discharge and pain during intercourse and urination.

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