Vaginal yeast infections are a result of the fungus called Candida, typically Candida albicans.
Yeast infections occur when the Candida species penetrate the mucosal lining of the vagina, resulting in an inflammatory response.
Some symptoms of a yeast infection include:
Some people may experience a worsening of symptoms just before a menstrual period.
Because yeast infections occur due to a fungus, people can treat them with antifungal agents.
People can either take antifungal medication orally or apply a cream to the inside of the vagina. Both of these options are available over the counter.
Pregnant people should not take oral antifungal medication.
Learn more about how to treat a yeast infection at home here.