Vaginal yeast infections are one of the most common causes of abnormal vaginal discharge. They often occur because of excess weight, antibiotics use or just having a warm, sweaty genital region (making them very common in the warmer months). But do you always have to go to the doctor when things get a little itchy down there? Sometimes, you want to be able to test quickly without a visit to the doctor's office.

Of course, visiting your OB-GYN to get treated for a yeast infection is always the best option, especially if you need other issues checked out, too. However, if you can't get an appointment in a timely manner or you don't have time to get tested in person, you may consider an at-home yeast infection test.

What is a yeast infection?

"A yeast infection is caused by an overgrowth of yeast in the vagina," said Carly Ross, M.D., the OB-GYN medical advisor for Stix, a women's health brand in Philadelphia. "Symptoms typically include vaginal itching and irritation along with a thick, white, cottage-cheesy discharge."

This overgrowth occurs during disruptions in