According to statistical data, 3 out of 4 women are likely to get yeast infection at least once, and half will have it twice or more. Yeast inhabits in your skin and vaginal area, making the infection very common, as per Melissa Goist, MD, an ob-gyn at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Fibromyalgia experts believe that fibromyalgia patients are more prone to yeast infection which worsens fibromyalgia symptoms.
Here are 6 things every fibromyalgia patient should know about yeast infection…
Yeast Infection mimicks symptoms of other health problems
Women with yeast infection could experience burning, itching, pain during sex, and a thick white odorless discharge. If the smell is foul, it could be bacterial vaginosis (BV), while burning and pain during urination could be due to a urinary tract infection. The symptoms can’t be isolated and are tough to figure out.
Visit the doctor instead of buying over-the-counter medications
Refrain from buying over-the-counter medication and go to a doctor, especially if this is the first time you are experiencing the signs. This precaution is in case you don’t have yeast infection, since home remedies could amplify the inflammation and not provide any relief. Your doctor will be able to diagnose the issue and provide a solution accordingly.
Always change out of wet or damp clothes
Wet suits or sweaty exercise outfits should be discarded immediately as warm and wet environments are excellent thriving grounds for yeast. For women prone to yeast infections, changing out of damp clothes after a swim or workout is a must.
Preventive products are not required
The vagina doesn’t need help with douches, scented gels, perfumes, and other items for women, in order to stay clean. Gynecologists, often refer to it as a “self-cleaning oven”, so if you continue using products for keeping it dry and clean, it could lead to an imbalance of the healthy bacteria in your vagina, which in turn makes you more vulnerable to a yeast infection.
Yeast infection is not caused by sex
Yeast infections are not a sexually transmitted infection (STI), but sexual intercourse can result in bacterial imbalance in the vagina, which as discussed above, could risk a yeast overgrowth. If you have had sex with a new partner, and experience worrying symptoms, visit the doctor to be on the safe side. You can also check off potential new STIs.
Changing birth control pills may cause yeast infection
Switching such medication or too much stress can mess with your hormone levels. Taking antibiotics is problematic as well, since it destroys healthy bacteria in the vagina, and leaves it susceptible to yeast infection.