Concerned you might have a yeast infection? You’re far from alone, but what exactly is a yeast infection?
Yeast infections (also known as thrush, monilia, vaginal candidiasis, vulvovaginal candidiasis, and candidal vaginitis) affect 70% of us at some point in our lives — and an unlucky 8% deal with recurrent infections.
In the US alone, yeast infections are responsible for some 1.4 million outpatient visits every year, making them the second most common type of vaginal infection. Because many people never visit the doctor when they have a yeast infection, the true incidence is probably much higher.
All that said, knowing the statistics doesn’t help much when it’s you who’s dealing with the symptoms. No matter how common they are, yeast infections can be a frustrating (and itchy!) experience, and there’s a lot of misinformation out there about the best way to clear them up. Here’s how you can identify a yeast infection and stop it in its tracks.