Menopause And Yeast Infections

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Caused by an overgrowth of Candida albicans, a fungus, yeast infections are the most common of all vaginal infections. Yeast infections are not sexually transmitted and are often caused by menopause. Of all vaginal infections, yeast infections are one of the main symptoms of menopause, caused by the fluctuating hormones leading to bacteria in the vagina going out of control. Baths, excess moisture in the vagina, or damp or tight clothes may lead to yeast infections. The signs of yeast infection during menopause, as well as otherwise, are: inflammation, continued itching and irritation, pain du

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Menopause And Yeast Infections

  1. 1. Menopause And Yeast InfectionsCaused by an overgrowth of Candida albicans, a fungus, yeast infections are the most common of allvaginal infections. Yeast infections are not sexually transmitted and are often caused by menopause. Of allvaginal infections, yeast infections are one of the main symptoms of menopause, caused by the fluctuatinghormones leading to bacteria in the vagina going out of control. Baths, excess moisture in the vagina, ordamp or tight clothes may lead to yeast infections. The signs of yeast infection during menopause, as wellas otherwise, are: inflammation, continued itching and irritation, pain during intercourse, frequent urination,and a thick, white discharge from your vagina.With the drop of estrogen levels during menopause, the walls of your vagina become thinner and weak.During intercourse, the walls become irritated, leaving tiny scars and scratches, enabling bacteria to thrive.Higher levels of estrogen, due to hormone replacement therapy (HRT), also increase the chance of yeastinfections. Damp and moist vagina, due to increased vaginal discharge caused by higher levels of estrogen,is a great breeding ground for yeast and bacteria.Menopause, Yeast Infections and TreatmentYeast infections can be treated by OTC (Over-The-Counter) medication in the form of creams andsuppositories. Before using these medications, it is always advisable to have a proper diagnosis of yeastinfections. Trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted infection, and other types of vaginal infections havesymptoms similar to yeast infections. This makes it imperative to confirm that you actually have yeastinfection before starting medication. Although creams and suppositories are sold as OTC medications, youwill need prescription for oral medicines.Before resorting to strong medications, you could try the following alternate treatments for yeastDownload your FREE copy of eBookYeast Infection - Symptoms & Home RemediesClick here to download- Emily Erin

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