Yeast Infection Information

Although it is normal to have some yeast in your vagina, an overgrowth can lead to symptoms of a yeast infection. These are common, occurring in an estimated 75 percent of women at some point in their lives.
Symptoms can range in severity from mild to very uncomfortable. Some women with a yeast infection have no symptoms at all. When symptoms are present, they often include an abnormal vaginal discharge that many women describe as looking like cottage cheese. Other symptoms can include:
  • Itching, burning, and irritation of the vagina
  • Itching, redness, and irritation of the vulva
  • Painful urination and/or intercourse.
(For more information, including treatment options and a list of factors that increase your risk of developing this type of fungal infection, click Yeast Infection.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD