Yeast Infection - Vaginal
IntroductionVaginal yeast infections are common. They most frequently result from the overgrowth of a fungal organism. Common symptoms include itching, irritation, abnormal discharge, and painful urination. Yeast infections are treated with over-the-counter or prescription medications.
Am I at RiskIf you use birth control pills or are experiencing menopause, your risk is increased. Yeast infections are common during pregnancy. You may develop a yeast infection after taking certain antibiotics or steroid medications. You may be at risk for yeast infections if you have uncontrolled diabetes, HIV, or AIDS.
ComplicationsIn some cases, chronic or recurrent yeast infections may occur. You should contact your doctor if this happens to you. A yeast infection is not classified as a sexually transmitted disease. Although it is not common, a yeast infection can be spread to your partner during sexual activity. Your partner should be treated if symptoms occur.
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