Remember, the only way to know for sure if your symptoms are being caused by a yeast infection is to visit your doctor. Your doctor can confirm that you have a yeast infection and recommend an appropriate treatment. It is especially important to see your doctor if:

  • you have never had a yeast infection diagnosed by a doctor before or your symptoms are different from what you experienced in the past
  • it has been less than 2 months since your last yeast infection
  • you're having frequent or recurrent yeast infections (at least 4 yeast infections in the past year)
  • the discharge has an odour
  • you have a fever or pelvic pain
  • you are pregnant or breast-feeding
  • you are less than 12 years old
  • you have diabetes
  • the treatment you tried for your yeast infection didn't work
  • you think you might have a sexually transmitted infection (STI, also known by the older term STD)
  • your immune system is not functioning properly (due to illness, cancer treatment, etc.)

What medications are available?

Medications used to treat yeast infections can either require a prescription or be non-prescription, but they all work by killing the yeast that is causing your infection. Most of these belong to a family of medications known as azoles. Medications used to treat yeast infections can be divided into two main categories: vaginal products, some requiring a prescription and some not, and oral capsules, also available with or without a prescription.

Written and reviewed by the MediResource Clinical Team