If you are sure your symptoms are caused by a vaginal yeast infection, waiting several days to see if the symptoms clear up on their own is not harmful, especially if you expect your menstrual period within that time. Sometimes a menstrual period will relieve the symptoms of a mild yeast infection. If your symptoms continue, you can use non-prescription medicine. If symptoms continue after treatment, see your doctor.
There are a number of treatment options for the occasional yeast infection, including non-prescription vaginal medicine and prescription oral or vaginal medicine. Only use non-prescription vaginal yeast infection treatment without a doctor's diagnosis and advice if you:
- Are not pregnant.
- Are sure your symptoms are caused by a vaginal yeast infection.
- Have not been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
- Are not having multiple, recurrent infections.
If you may have been exposed to an STI, it is best to discuss your symptoms with your doctor before using a non-prescription medicine. Your doctor may recommend testing for STIs if you have risk factors for these diseases.
For a vaginal yeast infection that recurs within 2 months of treatment, or four times in 1 year, see your doctor. Further testing or a different treatment may be needed. If you have been using a non-prescription medicine for your vaginal symptoms, be sure to tell your doctor. This information could affect what treatment is recommended.