Six Tips that May Help with Yeast Infections
While personal hygiene and minimizing moisture is key for getting rid of yeast infections, it's important to respect the vagina's natural moisture so you don't cause more problems.
Yeast infections caused are a medical condition that can be caused by various types of microorganisms in the vagina and female genitalia.
The most common cause is a proliferation of Candida albicans, a type of fungus that grows easily in moist and warm environments.
This is uncomfortable for any woman, as it generally causes symptoms like itching, odoriferous vaginal discharge, and redness of the vaginal lips, according to this study from the National University of Cordoba.
Without medical treatment and proper hygiene, a yeast infection can get worse over time and cause other discomforts like pain, irritation, and painful intercourse.
Read more here: Vaginal Infections: The Types and Causes
But the good news is that there are a measures you can take that help to prevent and relieve the symptoms of these infections.
Today, we share six of them.
1. Keep the area dry to avoid yeast infections
Infections caused by vaginal fungi develop more easily in overly moist environments. Try to keep the external areas of the vagina dry, making sure to dry well after showering or going to the bathroom.
Keep in mind that this intimate area creates its own natural lubrication, which doesn’t pose a risk of infection. This moisture must be respected because any changes increase your risk of disease.
2. Use cotton underwear
The fabric that your underwear is made of generally has a lot to do with the development of these conditions. If you’re trying to avoid a yeast infection, the kind of underwear you wear can make a huge difference.
That’s because fabrics that absorb moisture and prevent the area from breathing become a breeding ground for yeast. Underwear made from cotton are most recommended for intimate hygiene and to prevent excessive moisture and heat.
You should also avoid wearing moist bathing suits after getting out of the pool, ocean, or any other body of water. The longer you wait to change, the higher your risk will be of contracting some sort of yeast infection.
Another tip related to clothing and yeast infections is to wear loose clothing, especially if you have candidiasis symptoms. Loose clothing allows for more air circulation.
3. Improve personal hygiene habits
Daily hygiene is the primary key to enjoying good vaginal health. According to this study from the University of Chile, women tend to be quite aware of personal hygiene. It’s important to clarify that good hygiene doesn’t mean aggressive washing. Instead, do the following:
- Wash your genital area with an unscented, gentle soap, at least twice a day. If you have a yeast infection, ask your doctor about how often you should wash (you might need to do it more often).
- Keep your clothing clean and dry, especially if you notice that you have vaginal discharge with a strong, unpleasant smell.
- Don’t overdo it with the laundry detergent. Choose something neutral.
- After you urinate, make sure to wipe from front to back.
4. Avoid sexual intercourse
Yeast infections aren’t extremely serious, but it’s best to avoid having sex while you’re still healing as you would with a sexually transmitted disease, according to this study from the University of Antioquia in Colombia.
Having sex without first fighting infection could make it last longer. And sometimes it can even cause discomfort in your partner.
5. Do not use fragrances
Using perfumes, deodorants, and other fragranced products in your private areas affects the vagina’s microbial flora and also promotes fungal growth.
The chemical substances in these products are not compatible with the vagina’s pH, nor are vaginal douching products.
A study from the Seattle School of Public Health and Community Medicine (United States) has called both of these practices into question.
6. Plain yogurt
There isn’t enough scientific evidence to support the use of plain yogurt for yeast infections, so we recommend you don’t try it.
Plain yogurt is rich in live, active cultures and natural acids that regulate pH. It’s one of the most popular remedies for yeast infections and bacterial infections. People believe that its good bacteria is able to inhibit the negative actions of bad microorganisms.
Nevertheless, the lack of scientific evidence to support this method makes it potentially dangerous.
Read more: What Are the Health Benefits of Yogurt?
The tips we mentioned are all useful and natural ways to get rid of yeast infections. If your infection doesn’t improve after a few days of treatment, make sure you talk to your doctor about other options.