Yeast Infection (Monilia) in Women


What is a yeast infection?

Candida Albicans (Monilia), or yeast, is the most common cause of vaginal infections. Changes in vaginal chemistry may cause yeast organisms, which are present in the vagina of many normal women, to multiply, producing a symptomatic infection.


How do women become infected with a yeast infection?

Women taking certain antibiotics or birth control pills, and those with diabetes and immune system disorders, are at increased risk of developing a yeast infection. Occasionally, an infection may be induced through intercourse or oral-genital contact.


What are the symptoms associated with a yeast infection?

Common symptoms of a yeast infection may include a thick, white, cottage cheese-like vaginal discharge, and/or itching at the vaginal opening. A painful or burning sensation may be experienced may be experienced during or immediately after urination or intercourse.


How is a yeast infection diagnosed?

Various diagnostic procedures including visual and microscopic examination are used to evaluate the vaginal discharge for causes of the infection.


What are some treatment options available for yeast infections?

Vaginal medications are usually prescribed for the treatment of yeast infection. Completion of all medication is essential to ensure cure. Tampons should not be used during treatment since they will absorb the medication thereby reducing the effectiveness of the treatment.


How can I prevent becoming infected with a yeast infection?

Here are some suggestions that may be helpful in preventing a yeast infection. You should observe good hygiene practices to avoid unnecessary contamination from the rectum. For example, you should wipe front to back after urination, and avoid soiled undergarments. You should avoid intimate contact with anyone who has a sexually transmissible disease. You should wear cotton underwear and avoid wearing tight garments for extended periods of time. Finally, you should avoid local irritants such as bubble bath, harsh soaps, feminine hygiene sprays, douches, and deodorant tampons.