Vaginal Yeast Infection
How do you get a vaginal yeast infection?
A vaginal yeast infection is usually caused by a form of yeast fungus, usually Candida albicans, a natural component of the human digestive tract.
Some women have a yeast component in their vaginal secretion without any discomfort, but it can occasionally cause a yeast infection.
It is not known what causes the yeast infection. Some women develop a fungal infection after treatment with antibiotics or in connection with their periods or pregnancy due to hormonal changes.
Common symptoms of yeast infection
- Irritation, burning and redness
- Swollen and brittle mucous membranes in the vagina, which bleed more easily than usual
- A burning sensation when urinating or pain during intercourse
- Sometimes you may get a white discharge from the vagina that resembles cottage cheese, or the discharge may be very thin, or you may have no increased discharge at all
Factors said to increase the risk
These factors include:
- Antibiotic treatment
- Changes in the vaginal pH
- Hereditary factors
- The pill or hormonal coil
- Transfer of yeast from the gastrointestinal tract
- Weakened immune system or stress
Is a vaginal yeast infection contagious?
No, a vaginal yeast infection is not contagious.
Seek help from a gynecologist or health centre if you experience vaginal imbalance or discmomfort.
For more information about vaginal yeast infection, click here to read the Healthcare Guide 1177.
Go to 1177 Vårdguiden for more information about vaginal yeast infections (in Swedish) by clicking here.