Yeast is commonly present on normal human skin and in areas of moisture, such as the mouth and vagina. In fact, up to 20% of women normally carry yeast in the vaginal area.

  1. Vaginal yeast infection (yeast vaginitis) and vulvitis cause symptoms that are nonspecific, which means that aside from the yeast infection, other conditions can cause the identical symptoms.
  2. The most common symptom of a vaginal yeast infection is itching in the vaginal and/or vulvar area.
  3. Yeast infection and vulvitis include: burning, soreness, pain during intercourse and/or urination, and vaginal discharge.
  4. Vaginal discharge is odorless and typically has a whitish, thick appearance and texture, like cottage cheese.
  5. Vulvitis can also cause local pain and pain in the vulvar area is referred to as vulvodynia.