Most women have at least one yeast infection during their lifetime. Yeast infections are caused by a pH imbalance in the vagina. The vagina’s acidic environment usually keeps the yeast spores under control but birth control pills, antibiotics, frequent sexual encounters and even semen can throw off the pH. This causes the environment to become alkaline, which allows the yeast spores to overgrow, leading to infection.
It is not considered an STD but it can be passed from partner to partner. YES, men can get yeast infections too (read here). So it’s extremely important that you both take antibiotics when detection is first spotted to avoid passing it back and forth to one another during intercourse in the future.
Thick discharge from the vagina, swelling, irritation, pain during sex and itching/discomfort in the genital area are signs of an infection. Some people have minor symptoms and infections will clear up on their own. However, it’s best to go to a practitioner for diagnosis and antibiotics as soon as possible. Some women are prone to regular infections and in this case, you should ask your doctor to include refills on your antibiotic RX. This way, you can avoid having to go to the doctor every month when a sudden infection flares up.
There are also various home remedies and preventative measures you can consider (including boric acid, cranberry juice, water, garlic, natural tampons, and yogurt). Please note that these remedies are not cures. You may require antibiotics to clear the infection entirely. I have discussed all these with medical professionals and for me, they are safe and many work very well. You should check with your health care provider to ensure it is safe for you before use.