Yeast infections are common. Three of every four women get one in their lifetime. And many women get it more than once.
Knowing how to spot the signs and symptoms of a yeast infection can help you get the most effective treatment.
- Intense burning, especially when you urinate or during sex
- Swelling and redness around your vulva
- Pain and soreness in your vagina
You might also have vaginal discharge. The discharge could be:
- Watery or
- Thick, white, and odorless, resembling cottage cheese
Signs of a Complicated Infection
Sometimes the symptoms of your yeast infection can be more serious and require extra care. You might need a longer course of treatment or a plan to keep the infection from coming back.
You can develop a more complicated infection if:
- You’re pregnant
- You have uncontrolled diabetes
- Your immune system is weakened by medications you’re taking or a health condition like HIV
Your infection might also be more complicated if it’s caused by a type of fungus that’s not the kind that usually causes yeast infections.
Signs of a complicated infection include:
- Severe symptoms (such as redness, swelling, and itching so severe that it causes tears or sores)
- A yeast infection that occurs four or more times in a year
If your symptoms are severe or they don’t get better after treatment with an over-the-counter cream or suppository, call your doctor.
Here are some other reasons to make an appointment:
- You've developed other kinds of symptoms.
- This is your first yeast infection.
- You’re not sure whether you have a yeast infection or something else.
Yeast Infections in Men
Men can get yeast infections too. They can happen when there’s an overgrowth of fungus (candida) on the skin. This can happen if a man has sex with a female partner who has a vaginal yeast infection. It’s more common in men who aren’t circumcised. The symptoms include: