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
- 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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