5 Ways to Prevent Yeast Infections

About 75% of women have at least one yeast infection during their lifetime. Yeast is a natural component within your body, but it can grow out of control in your vagina under certain conditions and result in an infection. You’re more likely to contract a yeast infection if you:

Some of these factors may be difficult to avoid — for example, if you need an antibiotic for another type of infection. 

Several prevention strategies can help control your risk of developing a yeast infection. Following are five common-sense tips that we at Taylor Family Practice recommend to prevent yeast infections.

Wear cotton underwear and loose, breathable clothing 

Make sure your underwear is labeled 100% cotton. Cotton fiber breathes, but nylon doesn’t. 

Skintight pants may be the fashion, but is it worth it if this style gives you yeast infections? Clothes that are extremely tight can raise your body temperature and produce excess moisture around the opening to your vagina, especially in an already warm environment. Give stylish skirts a turn instead. And If you wear extremely tight pants to a social function, remove them when you get home, and take a shower. 

Try skipping the pantyhose at work. Many workplaces now accept bare legs, especially in hot, humid climates. If you do wear pantyhose, make sure you wear cotton underpants.  

Change out of wet clothes

Do you complete a workout at the gym and then run errands without taking a shower first? Leaving on damp, wet workout clothes is a breeding ground for yeast and bacteria. Make it a habit to shower right after you finish your workout or your work in the garden. 

Use proper hygiene 

Did your mother explain that wiping from front to back when you use the bathroom helps keep bacteria at bay? Now’s the time to be sure you’re wiping the right way. And when you’re menstruating, change your tampons and/or pads frequently, as they trap moisture and bacteria. 

Don’t douche. Douching can lead to infections because it can destroy certain kinds of good bacteria in your vagina. Washing well with soap and water outside of your vagina and vulva is all you need to ensure the area is clean.  

Avoid perfumed sprays and powders 

You want to set the right mood for intimacy with your partner, but if you’ve been using scented sprays and powders in your vaginal area, it’s time to change the habit. They can be the culprit if you get a vaginal infection. 

Use probiotics and eat yogurt

If you’re prone to yeast infections, try taking a probiotic every day; it can help to restore the right balance of good bacteria in your system that antibiotics destroy. Eating yogurt may also help you maintain a healthy amount of good bacteria in your system. 

At Taylor Family Practice, our holistic approach to your health focuses on boosting your immune system to help you stay well. Call us or request an appointment online with functional medicine physician Jill Taylor, DO. 

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