Thursday, March 22, 2012

Symptoms of yeast infections

Symptoms of yeast infections
You might have a yeast infection if you notice:
  • itching, burning, or swelling in and around your vagina
  • pain or discomfort in your vagina during sex
  • a burning feeling when urinating (peeing)
  • vaginal discharge that often looks like cottage cheese (it may also be thinner or absent)
But your symptoms can be misleading. Other conditions can cause similar symptoms, and some of them could be much more serious. If you're not sure or if this is your first yeast infection, visit your doctor for a diagnosis. Your doctor can check to make sure the symptoms are not being caused by another condition such as a sexually transmitted infection (STI; also known as a sexually transmitted disease, or STD) or another inflammatory condition or contact irritant.
As many as 1 in 20 women have recurring yeast infections. This means having at least four infections within the last year (or at least three yeast infections in the last year that did not happen while you were taking antibiotics). You shouldn't ignore a recurring yeast infection - get it checked out. Make an appointment with your doctor so they can help you find out why you are having such frequent infections and suggest a treatment plan.
Consult your doctor if you have fever, pelvic pain, or a coloured orunpleasant-smelling discharge. It is also recommended that you see yourdoctor if you are under 12 years old, pregnant, or breast-feeding, orif you have diabetes or health conditions that weaken the immune system.
For a more complete list of situations where you should see your doctor about your yeast infection, please go to the "When should I see my doctor?" section.

If it's not a yeast infection, what else could it be?

More than half of women who think they have a yeast infection actually have something else. Other conditions, including some sexually transmitted infections (STIs, also known by the older term, STDs), can cause similar symptoms. While yeast infections have few long-term complications, STIs can be harmful if not treated and can even lead to infertility and other serious complications.

How does your doctor diagnose a yeast infection?

Your doctor will diagnose your yeast infection by asking about your symptoms, examining your vagina, and in some cases, taking a sample of your vaginal discharge. The sample can be examined under a microscope and may also be "cultured" (a lab test to check for bacterial or fungal growth).
What kinds of questions can you expect from your doctor? Your doctor may ask whether you have had previous yeast infections and which treatments, if any, you have tried. Other questions help to narrow down when the symptoms started, what types of symptoms you are experiencing, and the colour, consistency, and odour of the vaginal discharge. The answers to these questions are key to finding the proper diagnosis.
A proper diagnosis is very important to ensure you receive the most appropriate and effective treatment to cure your yeast infection. Fill out our "Doctor Discussion Guide" to help you prepare for your doctor visit.
Written and reviewed by the MediResource Clinical Team


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Is this possible early pregnancy symptoms or yeast infection?

I think I have a yeast infection but I've been having to urinate every hour seriously an my breasts r kind of tender not noticeable unless they r hit its my nipples that seem sore but Idk if its early pregnancy symptoms or jus yeast infection symptoms?

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These were my symptoms. I hope this helps!
My LMP was December 17, 2010 Ended December 20, 2010.

We did the baby dance on:
December 20th, December 24th, December 26th, December 30th, December 31st, January 2nd, January 3rd, January 6th, January 9th, January 11th, January 13th, January 14th.
According to an online ovulation calculator my fertile days were between December 29th and January 3rd.
Based on light cramping to my right ovary i think I ovulated on January 2nd.

Ovulation Day- Slight Cramping in right ovary
1- 4 DPO- No signs (1/3-1/6)
5 DPO- Slight headache at night. Tired (even though I got plenty of sleep). (1/7)
6 DPO- Horrible Headache all day. Ance (Normal before AF) Slight cramping. (1/8)
7 DPO- Horrible headache. Slight cramping, bloated. Sore boobs, threw up. (1/9)
8 DPO- Headache all day, Slight cramping (1/10)
9 DPO- Slight headaches, Sore boobs, mood swings, nauseous, twinges/ cramps, hot flashes, Bloated, Increase in CM, Tired, lower back pain, PMS like cramps (1/11) * I never get cramps unless its the first and sometimes second day of my period.
10 DPO- Headaches, sore boobs, bloated, mood swings, soft cervix, hot flashes, upset stomach, nauseous, threw up, twinges/ cramps, sensitive to smells, lower back pain, PMS like cramps. (1/12) * I never get cramps unless its the first and sometimes second day of my period.
11 DPO- Sore boobs, lots of CM, mood swings, lower back pain, BFN this morning (expired test, hoping I tested to early) Feels like AF is coming (1/13) AF due tomorrow (1/14)
12 DPO- No AF, sore boobs, lots of CM, slight headache, hungry, lower back pain, acid reflex/ heartburn, mood swings, light cramping (not AF cramping) (1/14)
13 DPO- No AF, sore boobs, lots of CM, slight headache, hungry, lower back pain, acid reflex/ heartburn, mood swings, peeing a lot more, light cramping (not AF cramping), took a test at 5pm BPN(1/15)
14 DPO- No AF, cramping, peeing more often, took a test 7am Broken no results showed up Negitive or Positive. (1/16)
15 DPO- No AF, headaches, sore lower back, cramping(not AF cramping, more like little twinges) Peeing more often even though I havent had anything to drink. (1/17) BFP!!!!!!
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