Itching, burning, discharge and unwanted odor, the annoying symptoms of the typical yeast infection. Yeast infections are very common among women, although they can be a pain to undergo. Its medical term Candidiasis, more than 75% of women experience a yeast infection at least once in their life. Preventing yeast infections can definitely make you more comfortable in life.
Yeast or candida is a species of fungus that’s naturally-occurring in our bodies which our immune system fights off when there’s overgrowth, hence the term yeast infection. There are numerous conditions that can turn into a yeast infection.
Causes of Yeast Infections
Factors that affect your hormonal balance including birth control pills, estrogen therapy, and pregnancy pills.
- -Continual use of antibiotic use.
- -Frequent use of tightfitting and synthetic clothing which keeps the vaginal area warm and full of moisture.
- -Improper hygiene (e.g sex, menstrual period, etc.)
- -Conditions that affect your immune system including sexually transmitted diseases and diabetes including high blood sugar.
Don’t let these factors scare you. Although there are many ways to get a yeast infection, there are twice as many ways to prevent and manage them. Check out our tips below to help you ease your infection and ward them off.
Preventing Yeast Infections
During our menstrual period, our vaginal system is most moist and warm. Take the time to change out our pad or tampon frequent to prevent bacteria build-up overnight or during the day. In addition, it’s always a good idea to use breathable cotton underwear for comfort. Investing in unscented, all-natural products including soaps can also make a huge difference.
Refrain from the use of douching. Douching causes a lot more issues than you might thing. It’s best to avoid this particular practice altogether.
Change up your diet. Diet is everything when it comes to our everyday health. Eat a healthy diet filled with nutrient-rich veggies. Don’t forget to keep hydrated with lots of water during the day and night.
Eliminate dairy products, sugary foods/drinks, and fermented products such as alcohol. You can also look to healthy probiotics like kombucha, greek yogurt, and apple cider vinegar that help balance the vaginal pH level. If you can’t resort to these foods, you can also look into supplements like VeeFresh’s VeeTract.
Abstain from sex until your infection goes away. The less irritation the area receives, the better and faster healing for your vagina.
Avoid tight-fitting clothing like leggings, tights, or skinny jeans. These can lead to moisture and heat build-up in the crotch area where yeast thrives in this environment.
Yeast infections are nothing to threat. With safe and healthy hygiene practices and a VeeFresh lifestyle, consider your vaginal health well taken care of.
Sarah Nelson is a nurse with 15 years of experience working with a variety of patients. She has a Masters of Science in Nursing and has spent a large portion of her career working exclusively with women in an OB/GYN setting.
Nursing is a passion for Sarah but she also enjoys writing and sharing her expertise online with people who need helpful information. Treating patients well and helping them learn more about their own bodies is a key essential to a healthy lifestyle that Sarah truly believes in.