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im a virgin and I wanted to know how would i know if i have a yeast infection? Something just doesnt seem right down there.

With a yeast infection, discharge is usually thick, white, and odorless. You may also have a white coating in and around your vagina if you have a yeast infection.

Yeast infections are caused when a yeast called candida (CAN-di-duh) grows too much. Most people have small amounts of yeast in their mouths and intestines. Many healthy women have yeast in their vaginas. But sometimes this yeast grows too much and causes a yeast infection.

Yeast can grow too much when the normal condition of the vagina is changed by

  • certain antibiotics
  • diabetes
  • certain drugs, such as cortisone
  • a weak immune system
  • normal changes in your hormone levels
  • pregnancy
  • contact with a sex partner

 

If you have had yeast infections in the past that have been diagnosed by a health care provider, and your symptoms are the same, you might try an over-the-counter medicine.

Otherwise, it is very important to see a health care provider if you think you have a yeast infection.

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