Yes, yeast infections are relatively common and normal. Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida, which is naturally present in the body in small amounts. When the balance of bacteria and yeast in the body is disrupted, it can lead to an overgrowth of yeast, causing a yeast infection.
Factors that can contribute to a yeast infection include hormonal changes (such as those that occur during pregnancy or menopause), antibiotic use, a weakened immune system, diabetes, and tight clothing or underwear that doesn’t allow for proper ventilation. Yeast infections can also be spread through sexual contact.
Symptoms of a yeast infection may include itching, burning, and irritation in the genital area, as well as a thick, white discharge. If you suspect you have a yeast infection, it is important to see a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment. In most cases, yeast infections can be easily treated with antifungal medications.