Re: General Questions about Yeast Infections
Some women are just prone to them. Some times in your life, you may just have a ph imbalance in your vagina, causing you to get them more frequently. Hormones can cause this.
Keep in mind that a yeast infection isn't an actual "infection"; it's an overgrowth of what is normally in your vagina anyway, which is caused by an imbalance in your ph.
There have been years when I've gotten four or five yeast infections, and five year periods where I've gotten none. When I had an eating disorder and weighed about 90 pounds for a few years in my 20s, I had them constantly (which is why I think they're caused by hormonal issues or just a generally run-down immune system). As of today, I haven't had one in several years. it just depends.
Antibiotics can cause them (by killing off the "good" bacteria in your vagina, allowing an overgrowth of yeast).
You could also be getting reinfected by your partner; men can harbor yeast also, especially if they're uncircumcised. Oral sex (performed on a woman) can also cause yeast infections.
There is no STD that has symptoms quite like a yeast infection, so don't worry about that.
Best of luck.
Last edited by Kali333; 07-01-2011 at 04:27 AM.