9 Tips To Prevent Vaginal Yeast Infections: From Wearing Right Underwear To Eating Yogurt

Date February 5, 2018

Vaginal yeast infections usually aren’t serious, but they can produce very unpleasant and uncomfortable symptoms. About 3 in 4 women have a vaginal yeast infection at least once in their lives. In most cases, these infections can be treated with over-the-counter medicines (with the approval of your doctor). The truth is, yeast infections can be successfully prevented in the first place.

You can take steps to lower your chances of getting a yeast infection. Some of the recommendations below are based largely on anecdotal evidence but are worth trying anyway. So, here’s what you can do to prevent a yeast infection.

1. Wear panties made from natural fabrics.

Underwear made from synthetic fabrics, such as nylon or polyester, can hold in moisture and heat, creating a perfect environment for yeast to grow. Opt for cotton or linen panties which will keep your nether regions dry and better ventilated.

2. Refrain from wearing tight-fitting clothes.

Tight clothes accentuate your figure but they aren’t so good for your intimate parts because they can increase the amount of moisture and make the area warmer, which facilitates yeast growth. If you’re prone to yeast infections, wear loose-fitting clothes to keep yeast under control.

3. If you have diabetes, take steps to keep your blood sugar levels normal.

Having diabetes or eating a diet high in sugar has been linked to an increased risk of yeast infections. Even if you don’t have diabetes, it wouldn’t hurt to limit the amount of sugar in your diet. If you live with diabetes, check your blood sugar levels regularly and make sure they stay within normal range.

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4. Don’t overuse antibiotics.

There is a good reason why you need a prescription to buy antibiotics. They are usually prescribed for serious bacterial infections and should be used only as instructed by your doctor. These medicines kill bad bacteria, but they also destroy good bacteria which help keep harmful organisms in check, and that may lead to a yeast infection. Use antibiotics strictly as your doctor tells you to, and also ask him or her whether you need to take probiotics to improve the balance of your vaginal microflora.

5. Change into dry clothes right after swimming or working out.

Wearing wet or damp clothes after swimming or exercising can promote yeast growth, which may cause an infection. After you finish swimming or a gym workout, take a shower and change into dry clothes as soon as you can.

6. Dry your private parts thoroughly after taking a shower.

In some of the paragraphs above, we have already mentioned the importance of keeping your genital area dry to prevent yeast infections. After you get out of the shower, dry your intimate area with a towel gently but thoroughly. If you feel the need to do so, you can blow-dry the area on cool, low setting to ensure that it’s dry enough.

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7. Don’t use scented hygiene products.

Avoid using any scented products on your genital area, including shower gels, soaps, deodorants, pads, and even toilet paper. Doctors also advise against douching, because it can kill good bacteria in the vagina. It's best to simply wash your lady parts with warm water and mild soap daily to prevent yeast and bacterial infections.

8. When you’re on a period, change pads or tampons regularly.

There are situations in which it’s not very convenient to change a pad or a tampon, such as when you’re at a long work meeting or on a long ride home from work. If you’re in such situation, change your tampon or pad as soon as you get the opportunity.

9. Eat yogurt.

Combined with other measures listed above, eating yogurt that contains live bacteria can help you prevent getting a yeast infection. Bacteria found in yogurt may help balance your vaginal microflora and prevent overgrowth of bad bacteria and yeast.

Source: WebMD (1), WebMD (2), EverydayHealth, HealthLine

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This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.