A vaginal yeast infection is caused by a fungus. Yeast is common in the vagina, but it can cause problems when too much of it grows.
This problem causes irritation and discharge. It is treated with medicine. You should feel better in a few days.
Return to normal activities as you are able. You can resume having sex when the doctor says it is okay.
Medicine will be given to treat infection. Probiotics may also be given to ease symptoms.
Note: Be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
Take all the medicine you are given. Do this even when you are feeling well.
When taking medicine:
Call your doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
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Last reviewed March 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Beverly Siegal, MD, FACOG Last Updated: 11/3/2021