What Is a Yeast Infection?
Some facts you need to know
What is it?
A yeast infection is a common type of vaginal infection caused mainly by an overgrowth of the yeast called Candida albicans. Candida is often present in your body, but when the normal pH balance of the vagina changes, or when your hormonal balance changes, Candida can multiply.1 When that happens, you can get a vaginal yeast infection.
If this is your first yeast infection, don't try to diagnose or treat it yourself. The only way to know for sure is to see your doctor. But if you've had one before, you might recognize its symptoms: itching, burning, and a thick, white vaginal discharge that may resemble cottage cheese. You may also notice redness or experience pain.
Vaginal discharge that is not white and does not resemble cottage cheese may indicate that you have something other than a yeast infection. If this is the case, consult your doctor.
Is There a Cure?
Most vaginal yeast infections are easily cured by using an antifungal product. Over-the-counter products are available in different treatment lengths — 7-day treatments, 3-day treatments, and 1-dose treatments. MONISTAT® 7 (miconazole nitrate), MONISTAT® 3 (miconazole nitrate), and MONISTAT® 1 (tioconazole), three such treatments, relieve the discomfort of yeast infections and kill the overgrowth of Candida albicans.
What Else Should I Know?
For more information, browse the FAQ section. It will provide you with a thorough background on yeast infections, why they occur, how to help avoid them, and how to treat them.
Contents: Monistat 3 Combination pack (3 vaginal suppositories with disposable applicators, plus external Vulvar cream.