Vagina Candidiasis is unpleasant and uncomfortable, especially since it affects a very sensitive feminine organ, the vagina.
Although it is unwanted, one is likely to have a vaginal infection at one time in life. We owe it to our vaginas to know when they give signs, and what these signs mean.
The first step to ensuring vagina health is to understand your body. Being a best friend to your body is one sure-fire way to know when something has gone awry in your feminine physiology.
‘Man know thyself” remains one of the most relevant quotes of all times. Knowing ‘thyself,’ encompasses much more than psychology, it comes down to physiology too!
It’s not going overboard if you make your mirror a friend. When you examine your body habitually, it opens up communication lines between your body and you. This way, changes are easily spotted, and timely help administered.
It is not unlikely for infections and ailments to remain undiscovered for a long time because they are usually dismissed as ‘just a rash’ or a hormone change until it becomes severe.
Don’t let this be you. You should be so accustomed to your feminine makeup that every sensation, every tweak, every pang, every abnormal discharge is understood.
Speaking of abnormal discharge – have you checked your vaginal fluids lately? If you are down with vagina infection, the red flags will pop up in your discharge. Those neon lights will be there if you look. Some evident signs are yellow or green discharge, chunky consistency, and a foul smell.
A chunky discharge is one symptom of vaginal candidiasis infection, also called yeast infection. This infection is common with women; found in three or four women at a time.
Candidiasis is a fungal infection that causes chunky discharge, irritation, red welts, and itchy vagina due to an imbalance of bacteria and yeast cells. A healthy vagina contains bacteria and yeast. However, certain factors cause an overgrowth of yeast, which leads to candidiasis.
Go easy on Antibiotics
As much as an antibiotic gets rid of bacteria, it also kills useful bacteria in your vagina which results in the active growth of yeasts.
Spiked estrogen levels
Candidiasis infections are prone to; pregnant women because of their increased estrogen levels, women who are on an estrogen hormone therapy and women who are on a high-dose estrogen birth control diet.
Women with High blood sugar/diabetes run the risk of candidiasis infections.
Women with weak immune systems, and although candidiasis is not an STI (sexually transmitted disease), there’s an increased risk at first time regular sexual activity.
Symptoms of candidiasis include:
- Itching and irritation in the vagina and vulva
- Watery vagina discharge
- Vagina rash
- A burning sensation during intercourse or while urinating
- Redness and swelling of the vulva
- Thick, white, odorless vagina discharge
You know what? It is believed that if you’ve had candidiasis once, you are more likely to have it again, oh no.
There are some habits you can practice to help keep your vagina healthy and candidiasis free.
- Wear cotton, linen, or silk panties
- Wash underwear in hot water
- Visit your doctor when you notice any vagina alien invasion
- Do a regular clean out of your undies
- Stay off scented tampons/pads
- Stay off wet clothing
- Stay off douching
And your vagina will thank you!