Menstrual Glossary A to Z

Yeast Infection

Common condition in which the tissues of the vagina and vulva are inflammed and irritated as a result of yeast (candida albicans) imbalance. Yeast is normally present in certain mucus membranes. Inflammation occurs when the amount of yeast is greater than certain other microorganisms.

Symptoms include itching, burning, pain with urination, and discharge (typically thicker and whiter.)

Common causes include: use of antibiotic or steroidal medications or oral contraceptives, pregnancy, diabetes, nutritional imbalance, and immunity-suppressing disorders. May be sexually transmitted. Symptoms can mimic other conditions, such as bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis.

Related Tools:

Track Yeast Infections and related symptoms with MyMonthlyCycles Feminine Health Tracker. On the menstrual cycle calendar, select Feminine Health. Or, after login, at the main cycle tracker page click or tap Feminine Health Tracker.

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