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The normal healthy vagina has many microorganisms (MY-kro-OR-gan-izms) including bacteria and yeasts. An overgrowth of yeast causes a yeast infection. Even a small change in the amount of yeast can cause redness and swelling of the vagina and the genital area.
Yeasts are the second most common cause of vaginal infections. All women can get yeast infections, but antibiotics (AN-tee-by-OT-iks), pregnancy, diabetes, and a weak immune system all can increase your risk for getting one. A yeast infection is not a sexually transmitted disease (STD). This means you don’t get it from sex.
There are many treatments for a yeast infection. Some are available without a prescription. Your doctor may prescribe a cream or suppository for your vagina or a medicine you take by mouth.
It’s very important that you finish taking all of the medicine even if your symptoms have gone away. If you are not feeling better after 2 to 3 days, call your doctor.
Here are some steps you can take to help you feel better during your treatment:
Here are some steps you can take to help prevent a vaginal yeast infection from returning:
Revised September 2011