8Here’s how to not end up with one of the most obnoxious vaginal infections ever.

About 75 percent of women will get at least one yeast infection in their lifetime. Half of women will have two or more.

While yeast infections aren’t a risk to your overall health, they’re completely and utterly obnoxious. And by obnoxious we mean uncomfortable and itchy as hell.

Yeast infections have similar symptoms to other vaginal infections like bacterial vaginosis or vaginitis, so identifying what’s going on in essential to make sure you’re treating the right problem and making things better instead of worse.

The only thing less enjoyable than a yeast infection is a chronic one—if you’ve ever had one before, you know that one day is more than long enough.

To keep your risk to a minimum, these are the things anyone with a vagina absolutely should know about developing, recognizing, and getting rid of a yeast infection.

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