What causes vaginal yeast infections?

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The fungus Candida albicans is the leading cause of most cases of vaginal yeast infections. When the breeding is out of control, the presence of fungus can cause big problems.

Overgrowth of Candida that enters the vaginal cells can trigger the appearance of symptoms that are very disturbing. Yeast infections caused by other types of Candida fungus can be more difficult to treat and generally require more intensive therapy.


Risk factors
What increases my risk for vaginal yeast infections?
The following are things that can increase a woman’s risk of vaginal yeast infections:

Take antibiotics
Antibiotics such as penicillin, erythromycin, tetracycline, and amoxicillin, are used to treat and prevent infections by killing and inhibiting bacterial growth.

As a side effect, the antibiotic content can interfere with the natural pH of the vagina which is usually slightly acidic, by killing healthy bacteria. As a result, yeast growth increases and can cause yeast infections in the vagina.

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