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Candidiasis aka yeast infection is a common female ailment, which is likely to occur in every woman at least once in her life.

21 12 2015

Candidiasis is a common female ailment, which is likely to occur in every woman at least once in her life. It is caused by an overgrowth of yeast called Candida albicans that occurs naturally in us all. When the fungus in the vagina has been escalated to grow too much, it causes a vaginal yeast infection.

The symptoms and the cause

Candidiasis symptoms of infection are intense itching and burning, as well as chunky vaginal discharge. The vulva mucous membranes may show redness and small ulcers. Abdominal pain and fever don’t belong to the symptoms, and if they occur you should contact a physician. The triggering factor for causing infection is not always recognized, but, for example, antibiotics, pregnancy, as well as extensive use of non-breathable panty liners and pads can trigger it. Also artificial fibers and ill-breathable underwear predispose to infection. The yeast can also spread from the rectum into the vagina, so after a toilet visit always wipe from front to back.

Since the symptoms of yeast infection are also similar to many other diseases, such as sexually transmitted diseases or infections, over-the-counter medication should be carefully considered, especially if the yeast infection occurs for the first time. Also, women under 16 and over 60 years of age should see a doctor in case of symptoms.

Treatment

For the treatment of vaginal yeast infection, vaginal suppositories and oral pills on prescription and non-prescription can be found in pharmacies. Vaginal suppositories are used for 1-3 days, even during menstruation. A variety of creams can handle itching of the vulva area. Asymptomatic inflammatory yeast does not need to be treated.

For the self-treatment good personal hygiene and as a low-calorie diet as possible are of paramount importance. Poorly breathable menstrual pads, panty liners and synthetic fibrous underwear poach the lower end, and the yeast gets a favorable moist substrate.

Yeast infection and menstruation

Candidiasis may erupt during menstruation. In this case, it is essential to use the most breathable underwear as well as see to adequate hygiene. However, the lower end must not be washed and scrubbed too much, so washing with water or a mild detergent with a pH less than 7 is good to remember. Often, however, plain water is best.

During infection, the use of menstrual pads and panty liners should be avoided, because they do not breathe, and thus poach the lower end promoting the growth of yeast. The cup is the best menstrual protection with the yeast infection, as it allows the lower end to breathe and does not disturb the natural moisture balance.

If the infection is internal and the yeast medicine cannot be orally taken or a vaginal suppository in addition to the pill has been prescribed, it should be used in the evenings. In this case, the use of a tampon or cup is not recommended but as menstrual protection cotton pads can be used since they protect and allow the bottom end to breathe. A yeast infection can also affect a man, so if there is a yeast infection going on, it is recommended to use condoms when having sex.

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Florencia 19 08 2016

Hi!
With some friends we were wondering if, after having the infection, menstrual cups should be renewed... Or the fungus is "killed" with the boiling ?? Also, using bicarbonate during the esterilization could work?

Regards from Chile ;)

Lunette Team 23 08 2016

Hi Florencia and thanks for your message!

Bicarbonate is a good tool for cleaning the cup but it doesn't kill all the bacteria.

Boiling the cup after yeast infection won’t be enough. There are few tricks you can do.

- Boil the cup at least for 20 min in water with vinegar in it
- Freeze the cup at least for 15 hours in at least –15 celsius
- Soak the cup in 3% hydrogen peroxide

One of the trickiest part is the holes because they a good place for the bugs to live. So make sure you clean the holes with extra care.

It might be that even these tricks won’t do the work, so if you notice the infection returning after using the cup, you should buy a new one.

-Meri

Clerence 27 08 2016

Comment *can i use BARRS PVP OINTMENT during the yeast infection

tahera 27 08 2016

i have 1 question that can i use vagiclind cream during my periods?pls help

Lunette Team 01 09 2016

Hi there Clerence and Tahera!

Unfortunately we don't have experience or knowledge about these products. Please ask your pharmacist or doctor :)

-Meri

tf 13 09 2016

I have used the Lady Soma Candida Cleanse the last two times I have suffered with Candida. I have found this to be excellent at keeping it 'under control' even when i've had to take antibiotics, (unavoidable due to a dental infection). Also I didn't suffer any dramatic unpleasant side effects which can very often be the case. Its easy as you only need to take 2 a day...it's realistically priced and in my experience it is very effective.

Molly 17 09 2016

Hi I'm 12 and I haven't got my period yet, but I still have all the symptoms of a yeast infection! What do I do🤔

Lunette Team 20 09 2016

Hi there Molly!

If you suspect to have a yeast infection, you should visit a doctor. The doctor can check you and give you instructions how to handle the infection now and in the future.

-Meri

Am 22 09 2016

Hey so i was wondering if i didn't treat a yeast infection with any medicine or anything but i use the self treatment methods, will it eventually go away on its own or will it get worse?

Nasha 23 09 2016

Im on my period now but i had yeast infection before it came. And i dont knw what to do

Nasha 23 09 2016

I had yeast infection now I'm seeing my period and i dont know what to do

Molly 24 09 2016

Hi I'm twelve and I've never got my period yet. I have all the symptoms of a yeast infection but if I haven't got my period then how do I have one. I have been taking a course of antibiotics and that could be causing it. Is this slowing down my body so I can't have my period.?? Please help

18 10 2016

Comment * hey I hve 3 questions
Cn de lining of a virginal go bck 2 normal afta yeast infction?
Cn one use ONYSTIN-V when she z on her menses?
Wt cn one use aprt frm a cup whn sh z on her menses nd hv yeast infction?

19 10 2016

Hi Am!

It might go away with self treatment methods as well! You can try them first and if they don't work, see a doctor :)

-Meri

19 10 2016

Hi there Nasha!

You should take care of the infection whether you're on your periods or not. Make sure you disinfect the cup very carefully after!

-Meri

19 10 2016

Hi Molly!

Don't worry, it is not slowing down your body! Good to hear that you've been taking care of the infection! Antibiotics can help the infection to come and that's why it is important to pay attention to the diet during having the antibiotics. Your periods gonna start eventually, so don't worry! :)

-Meri

Allie 23 10 2016

I was wondering, after a yeast infection treatment such as encerting medicine into your vaginal area, can that cause your first period to start after being treated because I had done a treatment for my yeast infection and right after I started my first period. Please help!?

mel 24 10 2016

Hai, i'm 26 yrs old and i have a yeast infection. After 2 weeks i have my period but after may period gone, i feel pain in my private area, its very painful and very uncomfortable..
What should i do to cure this?

Lunette Team 24 10 2016

Hi there!

Cn de lining of a virginal go bck 2 normal afta yeast infction?
-If you mean the hymen, no it can't :)

Cn one use ONYSTIN-V when she z on her menses?
- I'd recommend to ask from the pharmacy; they are professional and know every product.

Wt cn one use aprt frm a cup whn sh z on her menses nd hv yeast infction?
- Of course, but the cup is the most comfortable and hygienic. Pad are not recommended.

-Meri

Lunette Team 24 10 2016

Hi Aliie!

Congratulation for your periods!

The yeast infection medicine has nothing to do with periods.

-Meri

Lunette Team 24 10 2016

Hi Mel!

I'd highly recommend you to visit your doctor! Pain is never a good sign.

-Meri

Lexi 30 10 2016

Hey. I'm seventeen and am currently on my period while I have a yeast infection. I've had yeast infections before, countless times since I was 14 or 15. A year ago, my doctor prescribed me this antibiotic to help get rid of it, but I had an allergic reaction to it. So antibiotics are kinda out the question. I have yeast infections often (not all the time, but I've had more than one since my area is ridiculously sensitive), but this is the first time I've had one while on my period. I use tampon and I read that tampons are recommended during this situation I'm currently in. The only problem though is that wearing a tampon hurts. It burns when I wear one and I'm not sure what that means. What am I suppose to do ?

Akhona 30 10 2016

Comment *i hv an infection i try to use antibiotic bt no improvement plz help

Lunette Team 09 11 2016

Hi Lexi!

Sorry to hear!

If the tampons hurt, stop using them immediately! Pads normally contain plastic and they aren't recommended to use because they won't let your intimate area breath. Have you tried cotton pads?

Menstrual cup is the best menstrual product during the yeast infection since it won't disturb the flora of the vagina and won't brew the intimate area. You just have to be really careful with the hygiene that the bacteria won't stay in the cup.

Have you checked your diet? Big consumption of sugar and yeast increases the possibility of infection. Make sure you'll have enough lactic acid every day.

If the infections keep coming, visit your doctor again to discuss about other options!

-Meri

Lunette Team 09 11 2016

Hi there Akhona!

I'd recommend you to check your diet as well. And if it won't work, re-visit the doctor. Remember to use only under wear which are made of breathable material such as cotton or bamboo.

-Meri

Dara 15 11 2016

Comment *What is cup pad anyway? And pls, i have this infection and it's been 2months now. First i overlook it,but when the itch refused to go i searched a site through google where they recommend sitz bath. I did it but it refused to go,now am using an antibiotics (augmentin). This is the 3rd day am using the medicine,but now am having my period, what do i do? And is there no side effect if this infection stay more than 2 months in the body?

Lunette Team 16 11 2016

Hi Dara!

If the antibiotics you're having now won't work, visit your doctor as soon as you can. Having a constant infection in your body is not healthy.

During the infection is the use of menstrual cup highly recommended because it doesn't hatch you down there. If want to use pads, wear the cotton ones. Pay attention to your diet as well to prevent the infection to increase or prolong.

Make sure you disinfect the cup extremely well after the periods!

-Meri

Temmy 17 11 2016

Hello, I've had infection for a while I treated it but I still have mild itching every now and then and I noticed I also have premenstrual cramps could it be related to it? Please what do I do?

Lunette Team 18 11 2016

Hi Temmy!

I highly recommend you to visit your doctor if itching continues and your cycle became suddenly irregular.

-Meri

Ashik Rahman 29 11 2016

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S 04 12 2016

if you can not type vagina, you really should enter be giving advice on yeast infections. lower end is a really horrendous euphemism

Lunette Team 07 12 2016

Hi S!

You're right: one should always use word "vagina" when it is talked about. In this text "lower end" is used to describe the whole area between legs, not just vagina.

-Meri

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