There are lots of wonderful things about being a woman: childbearing, longer lifespan, fashion, conversation skills, sensitivity, paint-and-sip nights. Then there are a few things about our gender that we could just as easily do without, such as all the things that can go wrong with our lady parts: 75 percent of women will have a yeast infection in their lifetimes; half of the female gender will suffer more than one. Yay us!
Some of the most common triggers for yeast infections include antibiotic use (which kills that good bacteria), diabetes, and taking oral contraceptives. Too much heat and moisture around the down-there is also like a welcome mat for yeast, which is why doctors recommend cotton underwear and workout gear, not to mention getting out of wet bathing suits and sweaty pantyhose ASAP.
A full-blown yeast infection is hard to ignore; the discomfort is usually enough to send you straight to your gyno or the nearest Walgreens. But the early symptoms can be mild enough to ignore, so knowing what they are can help you stay alert. If you notice any of the following signs of a yeast infection, especially if you've never had one before, talk to your doctor.