Some women are more prone to vaginal yeast infection than others.
When the vaginal flora gets disrupted (by the use of antibiotics, intensive washing, vaginal dryness, etc.) or due to other factors (such as hormonal fluctuations), Candida albicans, a microorganism that is commonly found on our skin and mucous membranes, can overgrow and cause discomforts such as itching, irritation, pain, thrush, and discharge referred to as a vaginal yeast infection.
It is important to make a distinction between vaginal thrush and bacterial vaginosis. Even though these two problems can have similar symptoms, the appropriate treatment is rather different.
There are quite a few common infections that can get our panties in a bunch, so to speak – vaginal yeast infection is the one we’re all probably most familiar with, and perhaps comfortable talking about. But there’s another vaginal infection that’s actually the culprit behind most of the odor that women are trying to cover up, it’s called Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), and it affects nearly a third of women in the U.S. It leads to an unpleasant fishy odor, irritation, itching, and burning.