Just What Is A Yeast Infection?

If you were recently diagnosed, you may be thinking, “Just what is a yeast infection?”  This common condition affects women of all ages – and even some men.  But because it can be found in a private area you may be less apt to discuss it and ask your questions out loud.

Yeast is something that lives in your body all the time.  You actually need it to be healthy.  It’s found throughout your body.  When you’re healthy all goes well.  The yeast is kept in check by the bacteria, and other cells inside the body.

When things get a little out of whack, yeast tends to become overgrown and can cause problems.  Things like taking too many antibiotics, steroids, stress, and hormonal fluctuations from the menstrual cycle can cause yeast to multiply enough to cause an infection.  Did you know that pregnancy and birth control pills can also trigger yeast infections in some women. Continue reading “Just What Is A Yeast Infection?” »