Yeast infections are a common type of problem treated by gynecologists. Candida albicans is normal in small numbers and is a yeast fungus that lives in the gastrointestinal tract and sometimes other areas, including the vagina. However, if the yeast’s population drastically increases in the vagina, this can cause a yeast infection. Most women will experience a yeast infection at some point in their life, and about half will have more than one. However, yeast infections are a common occurrence for some women.
Recurrent yeast infections can be a result of several different causes. Obesity, conditions which affect the immune system, a small distance between the anus and vagina, frequent antibiotic use, and uncontrolled diabetes are all risk factors for recurrent yeast infections. Also, anything that affects your normal balance of hormones, such as birth control pills, pregnancy, and estrogen therapy, can lead to these recurrent vaginal infections. Finally, wearing tight-fitting and synthetic clothing can make the vagina more hospitable for yeast.
If you’re in need of gynecology services or vaginal infection treatment near Washington DC, then please call Washington Surgi-Clinic at (202) 659-9403 to schedule your appointment with one of our compassionate doctors.