TweetI like to preface all of my health articles by stating that I am NOT a doctor, however, I AM a woman who has had many doctor confirmed yeast infections over the years complete with all of the accompanying unpleasant symptoms.
Firstly; and most difficult to ignore is the uncomfortable itching both in and around the labia and sometimes in the mouth of the vagina itself. There have been many a time when I have been wearing my tight jeans and squirming in just the right way to scratch that itch. Unless we are Madonna, it is not usual to see a woman grabbing at her crotch in public and let’s face it; it is very difficult to get up “in there” while fully clothed wandering around polite society. *
Secondly, you will most likely have a thick and more abundant discharge – fluid that comes out of your vagina. This fluid, that is usually clear, will be flecked with little blobs of white goo. Unfortunately, this discharge is often accompanied by a foul odor. My doctors have advised me not to douche or use soap inside my vagina or in and around the walls of my labia, so despite the gross feeling you have from itching, swelling and discharge, it is best to resist the urge to scrub the area with soap.
Thirdly, you will sometimes experience a burning sensation when peeing. This is happens for a few reasons. One – if you have been scratching the walls of your labia, you may have opened up small wounds that sting like the devil when hit with hot pee. This burning sensation also occurs because your labial walls are swollen, red and sensitive. Sex can also be painful during a yeast infection as your membranes are sore and swollen.
A pelvic exam will confirm the suspected diagnosis and your doctor will recommend the best course of treatment for the common yeast infection. Yeast infections occur because of an imbalance of the normal, healthy bacteria that lives in our vaginas. Stress, too much sugar, sitting too long in sweaty workout gear, prolonged time spent in a hot tub or sauna, antibiotic use and infrequently changed feminine hygiene products are common causes of yeast infections, but by no means a comprehensive list of all the possible causes, but yeast infections are common, annoying and for the most part, easily treatable, both by over the counter and prescription medications.
*It’s probably a bad idea, no matter how itchy you are, to wear tight jeans while having a yeast infection.