Most women get a vaginal yeast infection at least once in their lifetime, but it is generally easily treated. However, there are times the symptoms of a yeast infection return soon after they’ve been resolved. But in order to ensure the most effective treatment, it’s important to properly identify the symptoms of a yeast infection.
What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?
Itching in the vagina and vulva is one of the primary symptoms of a yeast infection. Other symptoms include burning with urination, burning during intercourse, soreness, vaginal rash, as well as a thick vaginal discharge.
Chronic yeast infections
When symptoms of yeast infections persist and tests indicate that yeast is not the underlying factor, the problem may be due to an altered vaginal microflora pattern.
The vaginal microflora consists of strains of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria as well as some yeast, but the good bacteria are usually dominant. However, if there is a shift in the bacterial flora, it can result in an overgrowth of yeast. There are several factors that can lead to a change in the makeup of the bacterial flora. These include smoking, stress, and the onset of menopause (learn more).
Treating symptoms of a yeast infection
Symptoms that are caused by an altered microflora pattern can be treated with a treatment protocol of medications and hypocontactant skincare products. An altered vaginal microflora pattern can be diagnosed with a vaginal fluid analysis (VFA) test.
The VFA test was developed by Dr. R. Stuart Fowler, board-certified gynecologist, and founder of Fowler GYN International. The VFA test is an advanced diagnostic tool that identifies the constituents of the vaginal microflora.
Are you experiencing symptoms of a yeast infection? Contact the experts in vaginal care at Fowler GYN for a consultation.
You can reach them at (480) 420-4001, or go to www.fowlergyninternational.com/contact-us, to request a free pre-registration call.