Female Yeast Infection – What the Different Kinds of Pain Can Tell You
Female yeast infection affects most women at some point in their lives. They can range from mild, with just a smelly vaginal discharge, to aggravating with itching and burning that doesn’t go away, swollen and reddened tissue in the labia, and, if left untreated, even more painful symptoms.
It is important to identify the source of your pain. The yeast discomfort or Candida infection may appear to have a different cause. And pain in the kidneys, uterus, and back can seem to come from a yeast infection. It is always recommended that you see a doctor if you experience pain and discomfort that does not subside and that you cannot clearly identify yourself. The pain of female yeast infection can affect the back, head, abdominal area, joints and muscles.
The 4 most common forms of female fungal infections cause pain:
- Urination pain: When Candida albicans fungus enters the bladder, inflammation of the bladder tissue occurs and, with it, a bladder infection. When the bladder tissue is swollen, force is needed to release the urine and a burning sensation is caused by passing urine. This is a common pain caused by an infection in women called cystitis.
- Lower and Upper Back Pain: When an inflamed vagina puts pressure on the spine, it can cause severe pain in the lower back. When the pain is located just below the shoulder blades, it can also be from a kidney infection caused by a disseminated bladder infection.
- Painful Intercourse: When the vaginal walls are inflamed, intercourse becomes uncomfortable, difficult, and may even cause light bleeding. For some women, the pain of female yeast infection has become so severe that sexual intercourse is impossible for several months. Intimacy and relaxation are nearly impossible due to inflammation of the vagina and vulva. The vaginal discharge from female yeast infection tends to be thick and rubbery and is also not helpful during intercourse.
- Abdominal pain: When Candida overgrowth occurs, the yeast can cause gas that causes abdominal pain. When we eat foods high in refined carbohydrates and low in fiber and foods high in mold or yeast, such as cheese and bread, this favors the growth of the Candida albicans fungus. The most common abdominal discomfort would be heartburn.
A female yeast infection can cause pain throughout the body. Candida overgrowth releases toxins that leak into the bloodstream through small lesions. Your body weakens and your mind goes “dizzy”. Painful migraines and joint paints are also not uncommon.