Why Do Yeast Infections Hurt!

About 75-80% of women will have one yeast infection in their life time, about 45% will have two. For most women it's quickly over, and the most common complaint is itching and discharge. For others the complaint is actual pain. For those who develop chronic infections, pain can be very bothersome. One in 20 women with a yeast infection will develop these chronic or recurrent infections. Gynos define recurrent and chronic as having more than 4 yeast infections a year. Most yeast infections are due to pesky and pervasive Candida albicans. Some experts say albicans are 95% of those infections we see, others knock that percentage down to only 75%. And random healthy women sampling find that 25% of those women walking into any office at any time will culture positive for yeast. What is puzzeling, is if some women have yeast, but not a yeast infection, why do they not have the irritation or actual pain that others complain of?Newest evidence is that the yeast organisms, when not in their dormant form, will elicit a local toxin that is what causes actual pains. The women who have symptoms, as compared to women who do not have symptoms do have more of these organisms, and thus more toxin is present. Others may purely develop hypersensitivity to the organism or its toxin.

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  1. Thanx for the info. I am one of those who get recurrent infections. This makes me understand them a little better. Can you please do a write-up on retroverted uterus & the effect of uterine infections on it?

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  2. The uterus sits in a position at the top of the vagina that is supported in a way that it is either tilted forward, backwards or is very much centered. The uterus that is tilted forward is termed anteverted. If tilted back it is retroverted. The uterus also has it's own axis, either bent forward at the joining point between the cervix (the mouth of the uterus) and the upper part of the uterus (the fundus is the medical term). If bent forward it is anteflexed, if bent back: retroflexed. Uterus typically are anteverted and anteflexed, and those that are tipped back are often retroverted and retroflexed. About 15% of all woman have the retroverted uterus. There is no specific link with the natural position of one's uterus and infection. However, pelvic inflammatory disease or other medical conditions can scar a previously anteverted uterus into the retroverted position.

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