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Yeast Infections 101

I’m Dr. Lindsey Doe and this sex curious
show is Sexplanations. Today’s episode about yeast infections is
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tablets, computers – safer, simultaneously. [WHIP CRACKING, COUGH] Yeast which go by the fancy name candida live
helpfully in human beings. They’re part of our natural healthy intestinal
flora. A yeast infection is when this flora grows more than
normal, out of control, in or on the body. Three in four vaginas have had at least one
yeast infection. There are also yeast infections of the penis;
the mouth, esophagus, and stomach called thrush; yeast infections on the skin, under the nails,
and more dangerous versions you can get in the lungs and bloodstream. Why we get yeast infections is not always
certain, but there are things that can put you at a higher risk of getting one. One way people get yeast infections is by reducing
the helpful bacteria that keep yeast in check. In vaginas this is typically lactobacillus, and by
using douches to rinse, sprays, harsh soaps and the like, lactobacillus is flushed away and
yeast can get an edge on multiplying more freely. For similar reasons, taking antibiotics can
lead to yeast infections too. Antibiotics are designed to wipe out an infection
but sometimes they also wipe out the good stuff. Which doesn’t mean don’t take them, just
know that it’s possible. Another way yeast grows past its welcome is
a warm, moist environment. Fungus like yeast loves growing where it’s
slightly damp and stuffy. So by lounging around in sweaty or wet clothes,
yeast are better able to flourish. So if you don’t want your body to be an open
house for yeast, make sure you air things out and wear breathable materials and loose
clothing. A third way people get yeast infections is from
someone else with a yeast infection giving them one. This could be vagina to mouth, mouth to vagina,
vagina to vagina, vagina to penis, penis to vagina. Then there’s penis to penis, penis to mouth,
mouth to penis. Note: I’ve read that the prostate can house
yeast and semen can transport it — so that a person who has a yeast infection may can
unknowingly transmit it to someone else. It’s valuable to reduce risk of a yeast
infection, but some causes are harder to avoid, like a weakened immune system. Things that compromise your body’s natural defenses
make it harder for your body to balance yeast. Like mono, HIV, and diabetes, a nutrient deficiency,
not enough rest, and or cancer treatments. The immune system can only take on so much. So when it’s damaged from battling other
invasions or lacks strength because of inadequate sleep and nutrition, yeast are much more likely
to get out of control. Since steroids work by suppressing the immune
system responses to problems (like lessening inflammation, hives etc.) then taking steroids
increases your potential for a yeast infection. Weigh the pros and cons with a medical provider. This goes for choices you make around your
hormones too. Hormonal contraceptives like the patch, pill,
ring, implant, and shot add estrogen to the body which can lead to yeast infections. This goes for infertility treatments, hormone
therapies, and being pregnant too. All of these can contribute to yeast growth. And finally, one more thing that increase
your chances of a yeast infection is stress. Stress tends to signal the production of cortisol,
a hormone known to weaken the immune system, AND it increases blood sugar — an energy
supply for yeast! So basically washing out the good stuff, leaving
everything clammy, rubbing up on someone with lots of yeasts themselves, compromising your
immune system, and altering your hormones might explain the cottage cheese like colony
in your crotch. I mean, you might not have a buildup of white
mucus. Other symptoms include white spots, itchiness,
rash, or redness, swelling, and increased discomfort with activities like urinating
and sex (depending on where you get the infection). Does it hurt, maybe burn, and smell like bread? Yes? It’s probably yeast. One way to know for sure is visit a medical
provider who can do an exam and even look at the situation under a microscope. Depending on their investigation, they might
be able to tell you how strong your yeast is and how easy or difficult it will be to
treat. Treatment may include:
Antifungal medications – suppositories which you just whoop put up
in your vagina to dissolve, creams and ointments you can lather onto your
genitals, tablets that can be taken orally for yeast
in the throat. Depending on symptoms and the strain of yeast,
you may be able to take a pill or pills called fluconazole or diflucan. One swallow and hopefully problem gone. Another treatment that I just learned about
is gentian violet, also known as crystal violet. It’s been used as antiseptic dye since 1861. You simply buy it from a drug or health food
store, and apply it to an infected area with a cotton swab — carefully not to stain everything
else around you. The dye is really messy but it treats candidiasis,
also known as yeast infections! Other options include boric acid suppositories,
as well as yogurt, and or garlic cloves. With the yogurt you want something plain,
low or no fat, and with lactobacillus. See how it reads Lactobacillus acidophilus
or sometimes L acidophilus? Push some in with a clean finger, use a tampon
applicator to insert, or make yourself a phallic shaped yogurt pop using a condom or glove
to fill up and freeze. The yogurt chilled or frozen should feel soothing,
so if it hurts, stop. Also, remember that whatever you put in will
leak out. So the more you place, the bigger the cleanup
— and it’s important to practice good hygiene. With garlic the trick is knowing how much
to use. If you notice your yeast infection early you
might be able to get away with half a clove inserted overnight. If there’s already creamy white discharge,
indicating that the infection is further along, go with a clove or two and notch them so even
more of raw garlic is exposed. Into the vagina it goes, as sanitarily as
possible, then remove it in the same fashion, clean hands, throw it away. It’s in your vagina, but your mouth is likely
to taste like garlic. Hopefully this is worth ending an infection. Support healthy bacteria to manage yeast activity. Get more lactobacillus or probiotics. Avoid sprays, perfumes, toilet paper, soap,
bath oils, bath bombs, certain lubes that might complicate things. Get enough rest and nutrients. Learn ways to manage stress. and talk to your partners (if you have them)
about their hygiene and potential for having a yeast infection. You might go your whole life without one. Most of you won’t, and it’s okay. There are solutions and resources. Your part is to stay curious. Before you click away, important thing first. The internet is mostly really great — like
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100 thoughts on “Yeast Infections 101

  1. You know, it would be cool if you had the choice/ability to choose ads to play on your videos that exclusively/explicitly promote sex education.

  2. Could you make a video about the new so called female viagra? I dont rly understand what it is and what it does because everyone is saying different things

  3. Regarding garlic and yogurt, do you have access to any studies indicating that it actually work ? Apparently there are some doubts:

  4. Not to sound gross but referring to you vaginal fluid video which fluids are not ok to give oral during ?

  5. For some reason, I imagine the sound at the beginning as if Dr.Doe is slapping someone's balls. I reflexively close my legs lol

  6. Could you do a video on "Baby Fever" and how to deal with the desire for children when the time isn't right?

  7. Okay, I’m an avid fan of your channel, but I have to say…it’s starting to die out. I’m a male, and I feel as if this channel has been slowly starting to lean toward females more than males, so once a week I check you uploads hoping to find something that can regard to me, but to no avail. While I still find this interesting, I would really appreciate a few more uploads that correlate to the male reproductive system.

  8. Hey Dr. Doe, can you do videos on being a Masochis and sadist? And how to inflict pain on someone without going too far, because I'm truly curious on how I can do that when I'm old enough

  9. Posted this originally on the sex shame video but decided to repost it here.
    I'm a male and I get shamed EVERYDAY by people at work because I choose not to have sex. (Especially by men) I am a religious person and I am not shamed into not having sex, I choose to not have it. But everyday I am urged to make advances towaeds women I have not interest in getting to know outside of friendship. I was once told my life is meaningless because I am not having sex.

    Also, love your channel, I find it very education and informative. When my time finally does come I will be thankful for the education you have given me. Thank You Dr. Doe

  10. One time when I had a UTI the doctor also gave me something (I think it was a vaginal cream) for yeast infections, a possible side effect of the antibiotics I was taking for the UTI.

  11. Hello I was wondering if you could upload future videos in a website that you create so we can all see videos that YouTube may demonetize later on

  12. Hey Dr. Doe, could you pleeeeassse make a video about rough sex, what rough sex means, why it is ok to like rough sex and why it is ok not to like rough sex. I personally enjoy rough penetrative sex but prefer to give slow oral and some people I have been with were not too keen on this and it makes me feel less sexual somehow. I would really appreciate if you could approach this topic. Thank you! Xxxx

  13. Ah, Dr. Doe, where was this video back in March? I was 28 and got hit with my first ever yeast infection. I was confused and scared and didn't know what to do. After scouring Google and YouTube I ended up calling my mom in tears because nothing was really giving me a satisfactory answer. Moms are the best, aren't they? Got some Monistat and some yogurt and was cleared up in a few days. It was the worst. Although this video came too late for me, I'm sure it will be super helpful for others! Thank you for all you do! <3

  14. great timing with this video cause ughh i just got over my 4th yeast infection ever, i've managed to get 1 every year for the past 4 years. even with all the possible causes you mentioned, mine still feel random and mysterious because I am consistently stressed with a bad immune system and not enough sleep lol guess i gotta blame my partners for yeasting it up

  15. Could you also do a video about bacterial vaginosis? I get BV and yeast alternating every few months, its awful 🙁 the docs keep giving me antibiotics and diflucan but it keeps coming back. I follow all the feminine hygiene recommendations! Could it be from my IUD?

  16. My internet is somehow numbing to and burning at the same time…Nord, you've failed me!

    Sidenote, Fluconazole=pro, gentian violet=awful…also, I love the thumbnail.

  17. Question: I was given medication, a liquid to squirt into my vagina, and to put two red tablets in their for 7 days ALONG with taking oral medication. Is injecting liquid in the vagina bad for this? I was given this medication in China and I can't just go home to my country to fix this issue. Any advice?

  18. Usually I find Sexplanations videos to be of a really high quality in terms of education and research. On this video I'm a bit disappointed with the lack of medical research supporting the medical advice given. After some cursory googling on garlic and yeast infections, I found no articles citing scientific research or written by medical professionals which advised inserting garlic into the vagina. Those with scientific research supporting them stressed that the risks of inserting garlic outweigh any of the potential benefits. I'm also really disturbed that there's no warning in this video that none of this is direct medical advice and that any treatment should only be used after consulting a medical professional.

    (On garlic, see:
    And on being careful with gentian violet, see:

  19. Thank you, Dr. Doe, I woke up this week, after a very stressful month, with what I believe is a yeast infection and the first thing I did was how right onto youtube because I've been watching you for a few years I knew that you would have a video answering my question. Thank you so much for what you do bringing sex-positive content to me where all my family is extremely conservative and I would never be this informed. So thank you and stay curious.

  20. Any chance you could share some of your sources for the gentian violet, boric acid, yogurt, or garlic treatment recommendations?

  21. I just wanna day that I really appreciate your channel. I’ve been watching and learning from your videos since I was about 13 and I’m now 18 and a freshman in college and the information has just been so much more in depth and more accurate than what I learned in school or from my family. I’ve also been able to recommend you to my friends which has just opened up many more conversations about sexual health and general sex Ed. So thanks for being an awesome resource!

  22. 2:04 my understanding was that HIV is the virus that causes AIDS, not the resulting immunodeficiency. Can HIV cause immunodeficiency without becoming AIDS?

  23. Holy crap here I am thinking I’m the problem when I keep getting yeast infections when I had no idea men can get yeast infections too and transmit them🤯🤯

  24. Welp, time to shove garlic up my vagina.. Thanks Dr Doe
    Edit: seriously though thanks. My parents can't handle anything vaugly sex related. Even a yeast infection.

  25. See, people keep saying “you get at least one yeast infection in your life”. Listen, I’m prone to them, I’m prone to BV, I don’t know why. My mom is the same way. Why do people never talk about this? No one talks about how yeast infections and BV are things men don’t really know they carry the infection because they don’t show signs. So it becomes an STI that they keep passing back to someone. Men can be carriers of BV. Why don’t people talk about this kind of thing?!?!? I think it’s important, because of people like me who can get a yeast infection simply because I’m on my period, which I only get every three months. So, there’s that too. It just makes me feel like, if I’ve gotten more than one yeast infection or uti I’m a shameful person, because no matter how clean I keep myself I’m not clean enough. I mean, I’ve been shamed by my doctor because I get them often.

    Ugh, I’m probably just talking to a wall at this point.

  26. Hi guys. My discharge is white- creamy and looks and feels like some wet tissue and there’s always a lot of it. There is no pain or itch although there is a smell but the smell is not fishy or anything. It’s just a smell which I believe every one has. Is what I have an infection ?

  27. Personally I found boric acid suppositories to be extremely helpful! I used to get chronic yeast infections because of stress, and these pills usually have them taken care of overnight or very quickly. Highly recommend!

  28. I did a quick research on googe about the garlic thing and most results say you shouldnt do it and that theres no actual scientific evidence it works. One of them even told the story of someone who did it and the garlic sprouted inside of her eeeww

  29. I'm so glad this channel exists during this part of my life. I've been in my first relationship for a little over a year and this channel has taught me so many things about myself and my relationship. So luckily when I got my first yeast infection a couple weeks ago, I was so glad I had this resource. Of course I also went to the doctor but this video made me feel so much more normal. So I just wanted to come back and say thank you!

  30. I got one once because I work at a pool. Between the right swim suit, being required to wear shorts over the swim suit, and the swim suit-short combo not drying out very well (if at all) when I'd have to get in the water I was destined for one 😭

  31. Hi Lindsey! What scientific evidence do you have on the garlic clove to treat yeast infections? I heard on the radio in my city they were calling people out for doing this. Apparently it makes it worse and causes pain. They verified with a gynacologist. I love the rest of your videos and what you are doing. Maybe this one needs an edit?

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  33. I been having vaginal yeast infection every 4 to 6 months for the past 4 years and its very annoying and its hurts alot ! Sick and tired of vaginal yeast infection !! I recently saw my gynecologiste and am going to start a diflucan treatment, have to do this treatment for 6 months. So i was wondering do you have any tips/idea on what more i could do to finally cure/get rid of vaginal yeast infection for life ??

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