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What Happens When You Don’t Treat a Yeast Infection?

By Lizzie De La Cruz

Whether it’s a mild itch, embarrassing discharge, or swelling, enduring a yeast infection is never necessary. Formally named vaginal candidiasis, yeast infections are actually caused by a fungus. This fungus’ presence is perfectly normal up to certain levels within our bodies. However, when levels increase, symptoms can go from bad to worse in a hurry. The important thing to remember that yeast infections are common, and that yeast infection treatments are effective and easily available for anyone who experience one, or recurring infections, throughout their lifetimes. Yeast infections don’t always require medical treatment (they can go away on their own), but why suffer in silence when treatment is so easy. Additionally, leaving a yeast infection untreated while hoping it will go away on its own can bring on more intense, yet totally avoidable effects.

Discomfort Beyond

Avoiding yeast infection treatments is akin to rolling out the welcome mat for more severe complications beyond the typical itching they’re commonly associated with. When Candida strike, they can majorly irritate the skin. Over a short period of time, this can mean open sores and bleeding that is exacerbated when we give in to the itch. Infected wounds, swelling, sores, and cracked skin have a high probability of only getting worse the longer we wait to seek effective treatment, and can leave you vulnerable to STIs.

Reproductive Ramifications

We’re not saying yeast infections are a form of birth control, but, left untreated and/or reccurring, infections can cause grief when we are ready to start having children. Because yeast infections affect vaginal pH and vaginal flora, long term infections have the potential to thicken the mucus lining in our vaginas and even our cervixes. For sperm traveling towards the fallopian tubes, this can be a major impediment. Trust us: an ounce of yeast infection treatment today can be worth a pound of cure when we’re trying to conceive.  

Increased Risk For Our Intimate Partners

Yeast infection treatments can also protect those around us. Candidiasis is especially attracted to the warm folds of our skin, so yes, the vagina is especially vulnerable. But did you know infections also occur in skin folds on our stomachs, breasts, thighs, and between our buttocks? While neither an STI or a contagious viral infection – and also living on all our bodies, in our mouths, and our digestive systems – Candida can be transferred during intimate interactions, as well as even by sharing a toothbrush or while breastfeeding. When present in excessive amounts, such as when we have a yeast infection, we can increase the risk of others developing a yeast infection as well.  

The Fastest, Most Discreet Treatment With Wisp

None of this is fun to think about, but fortunately, yeast infection treatments have never been more effective or convenient. Whether it’s a doctor-prescribed antifungal tablet, proactive reproductive probiotics to maintain vaginal balance, or preventative boric acid suppositories that promote vaginal acidity and healthy flora, these treatments are readily available. They can ease the symptoms of an infection almost immediately, and chronic infections can also be curbed. And forget the pain of a doctor’s visit and time-consuming trip to the pharmacy. At wisp, our doctors are here for you 24/7 via a simple online message. Your yeast infection meds are delivered free of charge in discrete, unmarked packaging right to your door, or they are available for same-day pickup at your local pharmacy. Don’t wait for relief.

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