Sources of Genital / Vulvovaginal Candidiasis
Most cases of Candida infection are caused by the person’s own Candida organisms. Candida yeasts usually live in the mouth, gastrointestinal tract, and vagina without causing symptoms. However, when an imbalance occurs, such as when the normal acidity of the vagina changes or when hormonal balance changes, Candida can multiply and build up. When this happens, symptoms of a “yeast infection” may appear. Less commonly, Candida infections can be passed from person to person through sexual intercourse.