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Preventing Vaginal Yeast Infections By Taking A Few Simple Precautions

By Michelle Marino

A yeast infection can be one of the most uncomfortable experiences in life of a woman. The itch can be unstoppable until treated. If you have never had one before, it can drive you crazy. You will want to run desperately to a doctor for diagnosis and anything that will make it stop itching. Preventing vaginal yeast infections is better than dealing with one after it starts.

Moist areas like the vagina are factories for yeast production. Candida, or yeast, is a fungus found on your skin and in moist areas of your body. An infection occurs when the amount of yeast is higher than that of other naturally occurring good bacteria.

If you have burning and pain during urination or sexual intercourse, odd odor, cottage cheese-like discharge, or constant itching in your nether regions, a yeast infection is the likely culprit. To know for sure, you will want to see a doctor, as these symptoms can also occur for other types of infections. The doctor will take a swab of your vagina to determine the type of bacteria causing your discomfort, however it is better if you can avoid having a yeast infection to begin with.

Ironically taking antibiotics for other infections in your body can bring about the onset of a yeast infection, as can spermicidal lubricants used in sexual intercourse, and douching. When you use these medicines, precautions and freshening products, they actually remove the good bacteria that is present in your body, and make it harder to fight off yeast infections.

Wearing cotton underwear can also help keep down the moisture that increases yeast production and thus an infection. Other fabrics used in underwear do not allow enough air flow to keep you dry. Instead they may trap moisture. Also, when you get out of the bath or shower, towel dry private areas as well as possible.

When you do clean and dry your sensitive places, don’t use a douche. Also, avoid perfumes and powders. It is alright to spray them on other parts of your body, but not down there. Douching may make you smell better and feel cleaner temporarily, but soon after you will be itchy and uncomfortable. Douches clean out all the good bacteria with the bad, creating an imbalance that favors yeast production. Perfume sprays and powders can also cause skin irritations that once scratched allows bad bacteria to be introduced.

If you need to use a lubricant during sex, make sure it is water-based. Other products with spermicides can kill the good bacteria along with sperm, and increase the likelihood of an infection. After a bowel movement, wipe from front to back to keep bad bacteria from entering your vagina.

Your diet can also be used to prevent yeast infections. Eating yogurt with live cultures and high in probiotics introduces good bacteria into your body to help maintain the proper balance to fight off infection. If you often contract yeast infections, avoiding sugar, and foods high in sugar, can help keep infections at bay.

Avoid the aggravation of a trip to the doctor, or the itching and burning prior to treatment. Take just a few of these simple steps and be yeast infection free.

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Marino, Michelle "Preventing Vaginal Yeast Infections By Taking A Few Simple Precautions." Preventing Vaginal Yeast Infections By Taking A Few Simple Precautions. 24 Jul. 2010. 4 Aug 2014 <>.

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