Many Young Women are Clueless about Yeast Infections

While living in a day and age where information is a click away, finding the right answers to intimate health concerns can be confusing, overwhelming and even a bit misleading. MONISTAT® recently ran a survey that found out women everywhere are relying on information and advice that's incredibly inaccurate and sometimes harmful. Three out of four women will experience a yeast infection at some point in their lives and according to this survey, more than half of them have no idea what to do with them.

There are many misconceptions about what causes a yeast infection, even among young women who have experienced them first-hand. According to the survey:

  • 81 percent believe having sex is a primary cause
  • 67 percent think it can never be cured
  • 59 percent believe it is highly contagious
  • 52 percent blame laptop heat
  • 30 percent think using a condom will reduce their risk.

It's important to know that none of these are actual risk factors for yeast infections. The most common causes are using antibiotics, having high estrogen levels and obesity. There's no need to feel self-conscious or embarrassed. Yeast infections are treatable and many medications can begin to relieve symptoms soon after the first dose.