Statistics show that at least 75 percent of women get yeast infections of one kind or the other in their lifetime. Are you among those women? Well, half of these women will be infected twice or thrice in their entire lifetime. There are chances of you getting a yeast infection when you’re:
• Having diabetes
• Taking antibiotics
• Using birth control pills with high levels of the estrogen hormone
• Suffering from a weak immune system
• Using vaginal sprays
While it is not possible to prevent all forms of yeast infection in every woman, there are a few things you can do to lower your chances of suffering from one. So, what exactly causes vaginal infections in women? Well, your guess is as good as mine, it is yeast. However, did you know that the same yeast on trees and stones outside is the same yeast that causes infections?
The specific species of yeast responsible for yeast infections is what we call the Candida albicans. Yeast is quite similar to fungi since it does not contain chlorophyll. Well, if you still remember your high school biology well, chlorophyll is what plants use to make energy. Yeast and fungi are quite independent and make their food. This is the main reason they can multiply in the vaginal to high levels capable of causing an infection.
In normal circumstances, the yeast in the vagina is quite harmless and will not show any symptoms. However, when conditions favor the growth of the yeast, it overgrows leading what we call a vaginal yeast infection. Some of the common symptoms of vaginal yeast infections include;
• Slight bleeding in the vaginal
• A white, thick, odorless and clumpy vaginal discharge
• Swelling and redness
• Irritation of the skin
• Pain when urinating
• A slight and unusual smell
In this, post, I’m going to share with you exactly what you need to do to avoid yeast infections and leave a healthy lifestyle. Some of the tips in this article are simple things that most people tend to assume but very important ones that keep yeast infections at bay. Most people when they hear someone is infected with yeast tend to imagine the person is dirt, but that is not the case. Here are some tips to help you avoid yeast infections.
1. Avoid the use of feminine hygiene products that tend to affect the balance of bacteria down there. Some products like douches tend to kill the good bacteria that help in fighting the infections.
2. Wear underwear that is breathable to prevent accumulation of a lot of heat and moisture. Your best choice is usually cotton which helps keep the area dry.
3. Make sure things are pretty loose down there when dressing. Things like the underwear, jeans, yoga pants, pantyhose, and tights are not too snug. When things are too tight, your body temperature is likely going to raise leading to an increased moisture content in the vaginal area. This usually leads to a yeast infection.
4. Wipe from front to back when in the bathroom.
5. Make sure you change your pads, panty liners and tampons more often when on periods.
6. Avoid spending too much time in the bathtub. Things that are damp and hot are never your friends when suffering from a vaginal yeast infection.
7. Stay away from scented sprays and soaps
8. Wash the genital area after any sexual experience. While it is rare for men to carry yeast infections, those that are uncircumcised can sometimes carry a small amount of yeast.
9. Boost your immune by taking probiotics and a diet rich in nutrients. When your immune system is at the top, there are fewer chances of a yeast infection on your body.
10. Avoid fermented foods like alcohol, yogurt, and kefir
The secret to staying clear of vaginal yeast infections is keeping the skin dry, clean and free of scrapes. When conditions don’t favor the multiplication of yeast, the yeast load will automatically decline to favorable levels, and one will not experience candida symptoms.
It is all about avoiding to give the yeast the ideal conditions they seek to multiply in numbers to the extent of causing an infection.
Yeast Infection No More