Other infections: candida

There are other (vaginal) infections that cannot simply be classified as an STD, because they are not solely transmitted through sexual contact.  Complaints may also develop due to an imbalance in the natural vaginal flora. 

Other infections are caused by parasites that may be transmitted through close physical contact with an infected person or object



What is candida?

A candida infection, sometimes also called a fungal infection, develops when there is an imbalance between bacteria and fungi in the vagina. This way, there may be an overgrowth of certain fungi.


Complaints include itching and white, sometimes slightly crumbly, non-smelly discharge.

The mucous membrane of the vagina may be red, painful and swollen.

Urinating or sexual intercourse may hurt or cause a burning sensation. 

How to prevent it?

There are different factors that may disturb the natural balance in the vagina and cause a fungal infection:

  • Hormonal changes may encourage the growth of fungi, for instance around the time of menstruation or during pregnancy.
  • Washing with soap, also PH neutral soap!
  • Antibiotics kill certain bacteria, which gives the fungi a chance to develop.
  • The use of corticosteroids may disturb the vaginal flora.

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