Yeast is a fungus scientifically referred to as Candida. There is no direct evidence that it is passed through sexual intercourse. Yeast infections are likely to affect three out of four women at least once in their lifetime. These fungi live on all surfaces of our bodies. Under certain conditions, they can become so numerous they cause infections, particularly in warm and moist areas. Examples of such infections are vaginal yeast infections, thrush, skin and diaper rash, and nailbed infections. A vaginal yeast infection is irritation of the vagina and the area around the vagina, called the vulva. It is caused by an overgrowth of the fungus or yeast Candida. Yeast normally live in the vagina in small numbers, but when the bacteria in the vagina become out of balance, too many yeast grow and cause an infection. Vaginal yeast infections are very common. About 75 percent of women have a yeast infection during their lives. And almost half of women have two or more yeast infections. These infections enter into the bloodstream through breakdowns or cuts in the skin or mucous membranes.
Yeast infections that return may be a sign of more serious diseases such as diabetes, leukemia, or AIDS. Vaginal yeast infections can also occur as a result of injury to the inner vagina, such as after chemotherapy. Antibiotics are probably the leading cause of vaginal yeast infections in american wimmin. Vaginal candidiasis is not considered a sexually transmitted disease. However, 12% to 15% of men will develop symptoms such as itching and penile rash following sexual contact with an infected partner. Condoms can promote yeast infections in two different ways. first, a lot of condoms come packaged with a lubricant that contains nonoxynol-9, a spermicide that may kill the HIV virus. Condoms can also cause yeast infections if you are allergic to latex, although this is less common. The use of douches or perfumed vaginal hygiene sprays may also increase a womans risk of developing a vaginal yeast infection. A vaginal yeast infection (yeast vaginitis) is not considered to be a typical sexually transmitted infection (STD), since Candida may be present in the normal vagina, and the condition does occur in celibate women.
Mant treatment available for yeast infections. It is usually treated with a vaginal antifungal cream, tablet, or suppository for several days. Various topical creams may be used to relieve itching or irritation of the vulva (folds of skin on the outside of the vagina). Yogurt has long been used to battle yeast infections, either as a yeast cream or by adding it to the diet. Oral medications may be necessary, but these can be obtained only by prescription from a physician. Cymbopogon citratus (lemon grass) is known to stimulate cell regeneration and to soothe and treat intestinal infections. Nonprescription vaginal medications are available for treating vaginal yeast infection; vaginal boric acid capsules are another option. Treatment can last anywhere from one to 14 days. You will usually feel relief from the symptoms within a few days of beginning your treatment. While treatment for a yeast infection is underway, sexual intercourse should be avoided. Any other activity which might result in excessive exertion or sweating should be avoided as well, until the condition is relieved.