Yeast Infection FAQs
Reviewed by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
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Q:What causes vaginal yeast infections?
A:Yeast infections are caused by a fungus.
Q:Yeast infections are considered sexually transmitted. True or False?
Q:Should women douche regularly?
Q:What is the most common symptom of a vaginal yeast infection?
A:Itching of the vagina or vulva is the most common symptom of yeast vaginitis.
Q:Recurrent yeast infections may be related to an underlying medical condition. True or False?
Q:Chlamydia can be mistaken for a vaginal yeast infection. True or False?
Q:How can a vaginal yeast infection be prevented?
A:To prevent vaginal yeast infections, be aware of the following:
Q:What causes yeast infections?
A:Vaginal yeast infections can occur when there is an increase in the amount of yeast already present in the vagina relative to the level of normal bacteria.
Q:What is acidophilus?
A:Acidophilus (acid-off-ill-us) is a kind of bacteria found in some kinds of yogurt that can help maintain a healthy bacterial environment in the intestines.
Q:Women with HIV have no treatment options for vaginal yeast infections. True or False?
A:False. For women with HIV, vaginal yeast infection treatment options are the same as those for women without HIV, but treatment may take longer or need to be repeated.
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