At the first sign of a vaginal itch, it's easy to assume you've been plagued with a yeast infection. However, all that itching, burning, and discharge could actually be something else, so it's important to look out for any signs that your yeast infection is not actually a yeast infection after all. Yeast infections are common — 75 percent of women will get one at least once in their life, according to Mayo Clinic — but because so many women self-diagnose, they often mistake another type of infection or type of irritation without even realizing it.
"It’s like yeast is the only infection women think can occur in the vagina, when in fact there is such a thing as normal, physiologic discharge, other types of vaginitis such as bacterial vaginosis, or even contact dermatitises that can cause vaginal/vulvar itching," says Angela Jones, M.D., FACOG over email.
It's important to make sure you're treating the right type of issue to prevent any further complications down the line, which makes it essential you truly know what's going on down there. If your symptoms aren't getting better, you might want to look out for these nine signs that your yeast infection is actually something else.