Yeast Infection or Bacterial Vaginosis?
There are certain organisms that reside in the vagina, such as healthy flora, that play a crucial role in maintaining vaginal health by producing acids that fight infection and keep yeast in check. It is crucial to maintain a normal pH level in the vagina; however, several factors such as stress and hormonal changes can disrupt natural flora. Douche sprays and soaps that are supposed to clean can also serve as culprits of a vaginal infection.
Vaginal yeast infections result from an abnormal amount of yeast grown inside the vagina that is caused by the Candida Albicans fungus.
Pregnancy, medications, diabetes, obesity, stress, unhealthy lifestyle, poor hygiene, and tight clothing are just a few factors that could throw off the balance between the microorganisms within your body. When your discharge appears to be like cottage cheese, then you are most likely having a yeast infection. Itching and burning are two other symptoms as well. Yeast infections can also occur as other sorts of candidiasis: thrush, an oral yeast infection of the mouth; cutaneous candidiasis, infection of the skin; and invasive candidiasis, an infection of the bloodstream. Bacterial vaginosis occurs place when vaginal bacteria breed into large numbers, upsetting the natural balance of vaginal bacteria. This type of infection causes your vagina to produce an unpleasant smell. If neglected, bacterial vaginosis could develop a pelvic inflammatory disease and interferes in pregnancy and childbirth.