If you’ve had the pleasure of experiencing a yeast infection in all of its clumpy, itchy glory, then you aren’t alone. In fact, you’re in the majority. According to the CDC, 75 percent of women will have at least one yeast infection in their life and 40 to 45 percent will have two or more. “Yeast infections are probably the most common type of infection a woman can get vaginally,” says Fahimeh Sasan, M.D., an ob-gyn at Mount Sinai. “But while some people never get them, others have them often.” Some women even get recurring yeast infections, medically known as recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (RVCC), four or more times a year.
Not sure if you have one? According to the CDC, yeast infections can be characterized by a majorly itchy vagina, a sore vagina, a dry vagina, and/or a super painful vagina during intercourse. Still not sure? Look down into your undies and if you see what the CDC calls a “thick curdy vaginal discharge,” chances are high you’ve got a yeast infection.
Of course, see your doc no matter what. In fact, Sasan suggests that women who think they might have RVCC talk to their doctor since they might be best suited to ditching over-the-counter medications for a heavier-duty prescribed regiment. We talked to her about some common reasons why your yeast infections keep coming back.
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