If you have a vagina, there's a strong probability you'll develop a yeast infection at some point, often during times of hormonal changes or after taking antibiotics. Yeast infections are caused when yeast that is normally present in the vagina starts overgrowing. This is why antibiotics frequently cause infections: They kill bacteria, including the good bacteria that help keep yeast balanced.
But what happens when yeast infections become chronic? Well, it turns out that in addition to taking a toll on the body, recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (RVVC) can take a major toll on mental health.
What is RVVC?
RVVC is defined (somewhat arbitrarily) as having four or more yeast infections a year. "Symptoms of recurrent yeast infections may include vulva and vaginal itching, redness, swelling, thick, white, odorless, cottage-cheese-like discharge and/or pain during intercourse," said Gunvor Ekman-Ordeberg, M.D., an OB/GYN, co-founder of