What’s the difference between a yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis?

Intimate issues such as vaginal infections happen to most women. The two most common types of vaginal infections are a yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis. When are you at risk and what’s the difference? Let’s talk about your lady parts and have a look at what causes these infections. 

What is your vaginal microbiome?

Your vagina hosts lots of microorganisms, which are beneficial for your health. The collection of these microorganisms, including yeasts and bacteria, is called the microbiome. Your vaginal biome changes throughout life, making lactic acid bacteria the more dominant bacterial species until you reach sexual maturity. These lactic acid bacteria, also known as lactobacilli, make your vagina acid, which is actually very healthy. A naturally acidic vaginal environment is able to protect you from infections, whereas a decreased level of acidity makes you open to infections.

What is your healthy balance?

As lactobacilli produce lactic acid, a natural substance that reduces or kills harmful microorganisms that might cause infections, they help maintain a healthy (acidic) pH level and help defend against infections. It makes sense why we call them beneficial or friendly bacteria, as they are naturally dominating in your vagina, outnumbering any harmful microorganisms. This healthy balance is your most important natural protection.

When are you at risk of vaginal infections?

The healthy balance in your vagina can be disturbed by any number of things, causing the amount of lactobacilli to reduce and your vaginal pH level to elevate. When your vaginal microbiome is disrupted, natural lactobacilli are unable to prevent overgrowth of harmful microorganisms, making you at risk of infections.

What’s the difference between a yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis?

Both vaginal infections can occur when your vaginal microbiome is thrown off balance. A yeast infection is mostly caused by overgrowth of Candida, a type of yeast that naturally lives in your vagina. It causes symptoms such as itchiness, a burning sensation and a greyish discharge. Bacterial vaginosis is caused by overgrowth of harmful bacteria living in your vagina, causing symptoms such as excessive fluid secretion, a typical odour and itching.

How can you prevent or treat vaginal infections?

Remember, it’s all about balance. A healthy bacterial balance keeps your vaginal microbiome strong and diverse, as the dominating lactobacilli in your vagina will protect from overgrowth of harmful microorganisms.

Love your bacteria. We do. That’s why we have developed a gentle and sustainable Vaginal Care therapy. Our YUN’s daily VGN wash is designed to maintain and safeguard your delicate vaginal pH balance, whereas our YUN’s VGN cream relies on added lactobacilli to fight off harmful microorganisms in a gentle way.

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