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YEAST INFECTION AFTER PERIOD: SYMPTOMS, CAUSES, TREATMENTS, AND PREVENTION

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“Did you say ‘yeast’?”

”Yes, madam, vaginal yeast infection.”

“But isn’t yeast something you put in pizza dough?”

“That you do, but sometimes it happens down there too.”

Not sure what’s going on here? Keep reading.

CAN PERIODS CAUSE YEAST INFECTION?

If you’ve ever wondered, “why do I keep getting yeast infections every month?” Or “why do I get a yeast infection after my period?” know that you are one of many women who are going through this. In fact, getting a yeast infection after a period is more common than you might think.

Vaginal yeast infections are suffered by 4 out of 5 women at least once in their lifetime. For many, the infection recurs at least once.

SYMPTOMS OF YEAST INFECTION DUE TO PERIODS

A yeast infection after period symptoms can include:

  • Itching and irritation in the vagina and vulva
  • Burning pain while urinating or having sexual intercourse
  • Swelling and redness in the vulva
  • Vaginal pain and soreness
  • Vaginal rash
  • vaginal discharge that is thick, white and free of odour, and looks like cottage cheese (paneer)
  • vaginal discharge of watery consistency

REASON FOR YEAST INFECTION

You have a bacteria called lactobacillus and a fungus called candida that lives in your vagina. These two work together to maintain a balance in your vagina. The bacteria keep the growth of fungi in check.

Sometimes, due to several reasons, the bacteria in your vagina dies. This gives the fungi a chance to run wild. Once the growth of Candida fungi goes out of control, you start getting a vaginal yeast infection.

The most common reason for getting a vaginal yeast infection is hormonal imbalance. You might be affected by it because of hormonal contraceptives, pregnancy or if your periods are around. These are instances of hormonal upheavals, the perfect time for a vaginal yeast infection to grow.

You’re experiencing a yeast infection after a period because our bodies go through a lot of hormonal imbalance. The balance between oestrogen and progesterone is disrupted. High levels of progesterone can lead to the overgrowth of Candida fungi.

Getting a yeast infection around your period, therefore, is very common. Some people even get vaginal yeast infections around the same time during their menstrual cycle every month.

HOW TO TREAT YEAST INFECTION DUE TO PERIOD

Can I treat a yeast infection during my period? Of course, you can! You don’t have to writhe in pain and discomfort when you can easily get rid of the problem with medications.

  • You can take over-the-counter medications for yeast infections at home, but most OTC medications are made for treating Candida albicans. If you have some other kind of bacteria, the OTC might prove ineffective.
  • Your doctor would recommend some anti-fungal cream, ointments, oral medications, etc.
  • Your medications could include:
    • butoconazole (GLotrimin)
    • clotrimazole (Lotrimin)
    • fluconazole (Diflucan)
    • miconazole (MoDifluca)
    • terconazole (Terazol)

We would not recommend drenching your vagina in Greek yoghurt or vinegar water in the name of home remedies. You could, of course, (and SHOULD) visit your doctor. :)

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