Although vaginal yeast infections aren’t usually serious, they can bother you a lot!
These infections are quite common. Yeast is a fungus that usually lives in the vagina in modest numbers. A vaginal yeast infection means that a great number of yeast cells are developing in the vagina. A yeast infection results in itching or soreness in the vagina and occasionally can cause pain or burning when you urinate or have sex. Quite a few women additionally experience a thick, clumpy, white odorless discharge that appears to be a little like cottage cheese.
How do you prevent it?
Here are 8 actions that will help you prevent vaginal yeast infection:
#1 Balanced Diet
Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nonfat dairy products. Some women think that eating foods with lactobacillus organisms, such as yogurt or acidophilus milk, will help prevent yeast infections. So far there is no evidence for this connection. But eating foods that contain lactobacillus can be part of a healthy diet. Be aware that taking lactobacillus supplements or inserting vaginal forms of lactobacillus have not been shown to prevent yeast infections from developing in women who have recently taken antibiotics.
#2 Wear Cotton
Wear cotton and avoid tight-fitting clothing. Cotton underwear can prevent moisture from developing in the genital area. Clothing such as leggings, panty hose, and tight-fitting jeans increase body heat and moisture in the genital area. Wearing a wet swimsuit for many hours may also keep the genital area warm and moist.
#3 Keep Your Vagina Clean
Keep the vaginal area clean. Use mild, unscented soap and water. Rinse completely.
#4 Wiping From Front To Back
After using the toilet, wipe from front to back to avoid spreading yeast from the anus to the vagina.
#5 Control Diabetes
Good control of blood sugar levels decreases the risk of yeast infections anywhere on your body.
#6 Avoid Unnecessary Use Of Antibiotics
Antibiotics can change the normal balance of vaginal organisms, allowing excess growth of yeast.
#7 Avoid Using Sprays, Talcs, or Perfumes
Avoid the use of feminine sprays, talcs, or perfumes in your vaginal area, which may affect the normal balance of organisms. Also, avoid scented toilet paper and deodorant tampons.
#8 Avoid Douching
Avoid douching. Douching can change the normal balance of vaginal organisms. Of greater concern, douching can spread other types of infections from the vagina into the uterus and fallopian tubes, causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).