Preventing vaginal yeast infection is all about locking in the right daily routines and weekly habits. This way you can practice prevention regularly and it will doesn’t feel like you are doing anything extra.
Yeast is a fungus that is naturally present in the vagina and is not harmful under normal conditions. But when yeast growth is increased in vagina, leads to vaginal yeast infection. There can be number of reasons for yeast overgrowth like having a diet of high sugar, high estrogen levels, antibiotics, pregnancy etc.
Signs of yeast infection includes itchiness and soreness along with burning sensation while peeing or having sex. You may also observe some white or colorless discharge which resembles cottage cheese. Symptoms of yeast infections are unpleasant, but it’s very common among women and can be taken care of very easily. 3 out of 4 women will encounter yeast infection at least once in a lifetime.
Here are 7 simple tips to prevent vaginal yeast infection:
1. Avoid Scented Feminine Hygiene Products
Scented feminine hygiene products always contain artificial chemicals which is not good for vagina. Dyes and perfumes irritates the vagina and increases the risk of a yeast infection.
Scented soap also does the same thing to the vagina. Always avoid fruity body wash, bubble baths and colored or printed toilet papers.
2. Wear Breathable underwear
Try to keep your lady parts as dry as possible, free from moisture and warmth, because yeast fungus thrives in these conditions. Always opt to underwear made from natural fabrics like cotton or silk. They absorbs moist and keep your vagina as dry as possible.
3. Avoid taking unnecessary antibiotics
Antibiotics interferes with the natural balance of candida fungus in the body and can lead to candida overgrowth. You don’t need antibiotics for conditions like a cold, as it doesn’t do anything against a virus. Don’t take them, if you don’t have to.
4. Healthy Diet
Yeast fungus thrives off of sugar, always avoid processed and simple sugar, as well as grains and other glutinous foods. People suffering from yeast infection are also recommended to stay away from excessive amount of alcohol or starchy vegetables (carrots, beets and potatoes). You may also want to remove dairy products and meat from your diet.
There are various foods that may help reduce the symptoms of vaginal yeast infection. Please read 10 Best Foods that Help Healing Yeast Infection.
5. Wear Loose Clothes
It’s recommended that you always make sure that your underwear, tights, jeans, yoga pants, pantyhose, skirts aren’t too snug. Tight clothes increases your body temperature which increases the moisture around your private parts. High temperature and moisture are the ideal conditions for a yeast to thrive.
6. Avoid birth control pills which contains estrogen
It has been observed that extra estrogen in the body leads to yeast overgrowth. It’s recommended that yeast infection prone women to consider birth control pills that don’t contain estrogen, such as the IUD or progesterone only pills. This will significantly increase the risk of candida albicans overgrowth which ultimately leads to yeast infection.
7. Add Probiotics to your Candida Diet
Probiotics has various health benefits and are remarkable way to ward off yeast infections. In many cases it has been found that eating yogurt everyday stops candida albicans from multiplying. You can treat yourself with a little cup of all natural, unsweetened yogurt every day.