December 3, 2023
Learn all about this common vaginal infection directly from the Hey Jane clinical care team
In the vagina, bacteria and yeast exist in a natural balance with each other and when that balance is disturbed, an overgrowth of fungus, usually candida albicans, can cause a yeast infection. Itching to the lips and vaginal opening of the vagina with more than usual vaginal discharge may be a sign that you’ve got an overgrowth of yeast. In most cases, an in-person doctor’s appointment is not needed to treat yeast infections, Hey Jane’s team of licensed medical professionals is here to support and treat your concerns virtually.
Yeast infections are super common; most people with vulvas will get at least one in their lifetime. They’re also not considered a sexually transmitted disease, because the organisms that cause the infection are found naturally in your body. However, it is possible to pass a yeast infection onto a sexual partner and sexual intercourse can worsen or prolong a yeast infection, so it’s best to abstain from sex until yours has cleared up.
Some things that may increase your risk of a developing yeast infection include antibiotic use, pregnancy, sex with a new partner, diabetes, or an impaired immune system. To reduce your risk, wear loose-fitting clothing, avoid using soaps near your vulva, douching, or taking very-hot baths. Make sure to change your clothes after swimming or working out, as warm and wet environments lend to yeast growth.
Hey Jane provides yeast infection treatment online via our compassionate team of providers who prescribe FDA-approved medications to your local pharmacy. Yeast infections are best treated with a prescribed oral antifungal tablet, usually called fluconazole, or an over the counter, short-term course of vaginal cream or suppositories, which are small cone-shaped medications that are inserted directly into the vagina. With oral treatment, you will generally notice an improvement in 24 hours and see total relief in 3 to 7 days.
If your yeast infection symptoms persist after treatment, you develop worsening symptoms, pelvic pain, or a fever during or after treatment, please seek in-person care.
While medications are the fastest and most effective treatment for yeast infections, some people prefer to experiment with natural remedies. While these options might help some people feel better, they are not proven to offer the same level of effectiveness as medication. A limited number of studies have been performed on only a few of these remedies. Always consult with your healthcare provider before trying at-home remedies you see online.
Adopting certain lifestyle changes or picking up new habits can help you prevent future yeast infections and promote overall vaginal health. Here are some things to consider:
Incorporating these simple lifestyle changes into your routine can significantly reduce the risk of recurrent yeast infections and promote a healthier vagina.