ZocdocAnswersHow can I get rid of a yeast infection that occurs during my period

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How can I get rid of a yeast infection that occurs during my period

I have constant itching and don't know what to do.

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Vaginal yeast infections (also known as vaginal candidiasis) can be quite annoying for women. Women that get them report itching, burning, and sometimes a white discharge. These yeast infections are not considered a sexually transmitted disease, but some women report more of them when they are sexually active. Most of the time these infections appear randomly without a known preceding cause. However, they can also be associated with use of oral contraceptives (birth control pill), diabetes, the use of vaginal douches, and the use of antibiotics for a separate infection. While having your period is not a classic risk factor for getting a yeast infection, it is possible that the menstrual flow allows for this to develop. I suggest that you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician or OBGYN, whoever you see for your feminine health. He or she can take a detailed medical and sexual history and perform a thorough pelvic exam. Your doctor and perform a comprehensive assessment of you personal risk factors for these infections and identify any perpetrators (if any). Likely, the doctor will take a sample of your vaginal discharge and test it for yeast. You may also get a prescription for an anti-fungal medication (if a yeast infection is suspected).

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