Tips For Vaginal Yeast Infections

Yeast infections can often be avoided with some precautions and minor adjustments to current behaviors.

  • 1 Avoid douching
    The vagina is a self-cleaning organ, and as such, does not need "washing." In fact, regular douching can be harmful because it creates an upset in the normal vaginal Ph. In a healthy vagina, douching can actually cause a yeast infection!
  • 2 Practice good hygiene
    Avoid feminine sprays, scented toilet paper, and deodorant tampons. These items seem to affect the balance of acidity of the vagina, which can lead to an infection. Never use petroleum-based lubricants for vaginal lubrication during sexual intercourse. Always wipe from front to back after a bowel movement to prevent the yeast which normally inhabits the intestinal tract from being transferred to the vaginal area.
  • 3 Wear appropriate clothes
    What you wear - or don't wear - can help you avoid a yeast infection. Yeast grows best in a warm, moist environment. Don't wear tight underwear or clothes made of synthetic fibers. Wear cotton underwear and pantyhose with a cotton crotch. Nylon underwear, pantyhose, and other synthetic materials that trap moisture also make yeast infections more likely.
  • 4 Stay dry
    Yeast organisms like warm, moist conditions, with little or no oxygen. In order to deny them the perfect growing medium, dry your vaginal area thoroughly after bathing or showering. After swimming, change quickly into your dry clothing instead of staying in your wet bathing suit for prolonged periods.
  • 5 Boost immune system
    If your body's immune system is weak, you'll be more likely to have recurring vaginal yeast infections. Eat more fruits and vegetables, or take herbal supplements.
  • 6 Eat yogurt
    The live culture in plain yogurt is great for yeast infection, helping to restore the acid-bacteria balance. Eating yogurt is especially important if you are taking antibiotics.

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