Yeast Infections, Painful Sex and More

Yeast infections are common among women. Most women – about 75% – will have at least one yeast infection at some point in their lives. Fewer women (about 5%) have recurrent yeast infections meaning that they get 4 or more yeast infections per year.

In spite of the wide availability of over the counter treatments for yeast infections, if you suspect you have a yeast infection (discharge, itching and painful sex are sometimes symptoms) it is generally advised that you check in with your nurse or doctor rather than running out to get treatment on your own. Why? Because discharge, pain or itching can be a sign of all kinds of things and not just yeast infections. If you slather a yeast infection cream on your genitals and it turns out to not be a yeast infection, you could cause more harm than good by making your genitals feel burning, itching, or otherwise irritated. Also, there are different types of yeast and some require different types of treatment than you would find over the counter in your local drug store.

Check out this video (above) by a well-respected doctor to learn more about yeast infections. You can also find more excellent information about yeast infections and other vaginal and vulvar health issues in one of my favorite must-read, must-own books, The V Book: A Doctor’s Guide to Complete Vulvovaginal Health.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at