The discharge increases and has a weird smell sometimes, it gets itchy down there, a little swell, you start feeling uncomfortable and get anxious. Girl, chances are you got a yeast infection, and you shouldn't feel bad about it. Do you know why you don't have to be really worried, statistics show that vaginal yeast infection affects up to 3 out of 4 women at some point in their lifetimes. Another fact is that a  vaginal yeast infection isn't a sexually transmitted infection.


yeast infection

Your vagina naturally contains a balanced mix of yeast, including candida, and bacteria. But that balance can be disrupted. When an imbalance occurs that's when you are likely to get the signs and symptoms of a yeast infection.


Causes
  • use of some antibiotics, 
  • pregnancy
  • uncontrolled diabetes
  • weak immune system
  • poor eating habits, including a lot of sugary foods
  • hormonal imbalance near your menstrual cycle
  • stress
  • lack of sleep


Symptoms

  • Itching and irritation in the vagina and vulva
  • A burning sensation, especially during intercourse or while urinating
  • Redness and swelling of the vulva
  • Vaginal pain and soreness
  • Vaginal rash
  • Thick, white, odor-free vaginal discharge with a cottage cheese appearance
  • Watery vaginal discharge


Treatment

Common medications include:
  • butoconazole (Gynazole)
  • clotrimazole (Lotrimin)
  • miconazole (Monistat)
  • terconazole (Terazol)
  • fluconazole (Diflucan)

Some popular natural remedies include:
  • coconut oil
  • garlic
  • yogurt taken orally or inserted into the vagina


Prevention

Try to avoid:
  • Tight-fitting pantyhose
  • Douching, which removes some of the normal bacteria in the vagina that protect you from infection
  • Scented feminine products, including bubble bath, pads, and tampons
  • Hot tubs and very hot baths
  • Unnecessary antibiotic use, such as for colds or other viral infections
  • Staying in wet clothes, such as swimsuits and workout attire, for long periods of time
Note: It’s possible for men to get yeast infections, too. They are most commonly caused by having unprotected vaginal intercourse with a woman who has the infection.