Vaginal yeast infections can trigger uncomfortable vaginal itching and vaginal irritation. Without the right treatment, you may end up with a stubborn yeast infection that won’t go away.
If you’re wondering if stress can cause a yeast infection or worries that you may be getting a yeast infection before your period, we’ve got your back. Here’s what to know about the causes of vaginal yeast infections. Plus, how Dr. B can help you get a prescription vaginal yeast infection treatment online through a virtual consultation.
A yeast infection is a common fungal infection caused by an overgrowth of the Candida fungus. The Candida family of yeast naturally lives on the skin and inside the body. A yeast infection occurs when an imbalance of hormones causes it to grow unchecked. When this happens, uncomfortable symptoms can follow.
Common symptoms of a yeast infection in the vagina include:
Candida is a family of yeast found naturally in small amounts on the skin and in areas like the throat and vagina. In most cases, Candida is harmless. But when the yeast overgrows, it can upset the healthy balance of bacteria and cause an infection.
Yeast infections can happen to anyone. Vaginal yeast infections are common, affecting up to 75% of people with vaginas at least once in their lifetime. But an overgrowth of Candida can also trigger symptoms on and around the penis.
Factors that can increase your risk of yeast infection include:
It’s uncommon, but a yeast infection can be transmitted through vaginal, oral or anal sex.
Sexually active people with recurrent infections may wonder if sperm can cause a yeast infection. It is possible to have an allergic reaction to your partner’s semen. And sexual activity can disrupt the balance of bacteria in the vagina and lead to a yeast infection. But sperm (on its own) does not cause yeast infections.
People with penises can get yeast infections, too. This is most common when a partner already has a yeast infection. And it happens more often in those who are not circumcised.
Yeast infections are not an STI. But they can share similar symptoms with STIs, including herpes and genital warts.
Because they share similar symptoms, you may worry that a yeast infection can cause a false positive herpes test result. But false positive results of herpes tests are not common. You can have both conditions at the same time. Seek help from a medical provider to find the proper treatment.
To properly diagnose a yeast infection, a medical provider may:
Whether it’s your first or fifth infection, a vaginal suppository or pill for yeast infection can clear up symptoms fast. And Dr. B can help you get those prescription treatments online!
Just start an online health assessment. A licensed provider will review your treatment. If they determine that an online yeast infection prescription medication is appropriate, they’ll send it to your chosen local pharmacy.
Dr. B treats conditions across primary care, dermatology, sexual health and reproductive health. Paying patients pay only $15 per assessment. And we have a No-Cost Care program for those who qualify based on financial need. So don’t wait for relief. Get started today!
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013). Vulvovaginal Candidiasis (VVC).
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022). Genital herpes screening FAQ.