4 Easy Ways To Help Prevent Yeast Infections

Vaginal yeast infections are one of the most common gynecological problems women face. Yeast infections occur when candida, a type of fungus that naturally inhabits the vagina, experiences an overgrowth. Typical signs of a yeast infection include a thick, white vaginal discharge, burning, and intense itching. While having a yeast infection can be very uncomfortable and annoying, they are usually easy to treat with over the counter medication. After experiencing a yeast infection, most women want to do whatever they can to prevent getting another one. Use the following tips to reduce your chances of developing a yeast infection:  

Avoid Using Vaginal Douches

Most gynecologists do not recommend using vaginal douches for any reason, but doing so may contribute to yeast infections. The vagina is a very delicate environment with a precise balance of bacteria and fungus; douching can strip away some of the bacteria naturally found in the vagina. When there is not enough bacteria to keep the fungus in check, the fungus population can grow rapidly, resulting in a yeast infection.

Do Not Use Scented Feminine Hygiene Products

Like douching, the perfumes and scents added to scented feminine hygiene products can upset the balance in the vagina and lead to a fungus overgrowth. When buying tampons or maxi-pads, read the label clearly to ensure that you are buying a product that is not scented.

Don't Wear Underwear or Pants that are Too Tight

The fungus responsible for yeast infections thrives in a warm, moist environment. When you wear underwear or pants that are too tight it can cause an increased body temperature and sweating in your genital region. Make sure that your pants fit properly, and wear well-fitting underwear, preferably made of cotton. If you prefer to wear underwear made of different materials, ensure that any pair you wear has a cotton crotch to help keep the area dry.

Take Off Wet Swimsuits or Sweaty Exercise Gear a Soon as Possible

Wearing a wet swimsuit or sweaty exercise clothes for an extended period of time can create the perfect environment for fungus to begin reproducing rapidly and causing an overgrowth. If you want to avoid having to deal with and treat a yeast infection, make sure you change out of your swimsuit as soon as you get out of the water and remove exercise clothes as soon as you finish your workout. Before putting on clean, dry clothes, make sure your genital area is completely dry. 

For further assistance, contact a local gynecologist, such as Rawtani Meera MD.