A yeast infection is an overgrowth of a kind of yeast in the vaginal canal called Candida albicans.You can also have an overgrowth of bad bacteria, which is called bacterial vaginosis. Symptoms are similar, so have your doctor do a swab to know which one you’ve got.
Candida isn’t always bad. It’s usually a very harmless yeast that can be a part of a healthy vagina. We all have it and it just hangs out with the other bacteria and causes no harm.The problems start when the good bacteria in your vagina get wiped out, making space for Candida to grow. This can be caused by a round of antibiotics, hormonal birth control, or a new sexual partner. Once the colony begins to grow unchecked, it becomes a much more annoying invader. However, this delicate balance of microorganisms can be kept happy and in balance with a few simple steps: