Before we talk about how to prevent or avoid having yeast infection, let us define what yeast infection really is. Yeast infection is a type of fungal infection. It can occur to any women who are sexually active or not. Usually, this occurs when there is an imbalance in the acidity of the vaginal environment. Because of this plus the other hygiene and activity related factors, yeast proliferates.
What are the other causes of yeast infection?
Yeast infection aside from the imbalance in the acidity of the feminine area, can be caused by a lot of factors. Sexual intercourse and vaginal douching can predispose the woman to contact this infection as there is an introduction of a foreign body and chemicals that may harm the normal flora of the vagina. Taking steriod and antibiotics may also cause an impairment in the immune factor of the body and may kill the natural and healthy bacteria in the area causing the yeast to increase in numbers or proliferate. Other causes include changes in hormonal levels brought about by pregnancy and birth control pills taking.
What symptoms will be felt when i get infected?
The symptoms are not life threatening and serious. There may be itching, some inflammation and rash or soreness over the labia or the lips of the vagina. During the intercourse, there is a bit of discomfort and pain that could be felt. During urination, there may be some burning sensation that resolve spontaneously in time. Lastly, a thick cheeselike and whitish discharge, a vaginal discharge that is odorless and not foul smelling may be seen.
What are the Top 5 Preventive Ways to Combat Yeast Infection?
1.Boost your immune system by eating right and sleeping adequately. This is a proven way to fight any kinds of infections including yeast infections.
2. Be hygienic! Our feminine part is one of our precious body parts. Wipe the vagina from front to back and not the other way around after urination or defecation as well as after sexual intercourse. Wash the area thoroughly with warm water and dry, as soon as possible to prevent microorganisms from proliferating.
3. Do not douche nor use tampons or sanitary pads with harsh deodorants. These may alter the acidity of the vagina and promote the growth of yeast.
4. Change undergarments as needed and use a cotton and absorbent panties, or panty hose with cotton crotch parts.
5. Avoid intake of too much sugar and include yogurt and lactobacilli containing drinks. This is good in providing a good bacteria in the body that combats yeast, and avoid its proliferation as yeast thrive better where there is more sugar!