Just like any other part of the body, your vagina can develop different types of infections that can range from simply annoying to quite painful. It’s true that there are several vaginal infections that can occur through sexual contact, but this isn’t the only cause. Simple factors like using a public restroom, not washing your towels often enough, and having poor hygiene are other potential causes that you should be aware of.
It’s important that as women we watch out for the signs of a vaginal infection, and also know about the many potential causes. There are plenty of ways to reduce your risk of suffering from these, and knowledge is key to detecting them and getting treatment before it has time to worsen.
What are the signs of a vaginal infection?
Vaginal infections can be detected based on some common symptoms that usually appear around the start of the infection. Among them are the following:
- Vaginal odor
- Burning sensation
- Painful urination or intercourse
- Discharge that is greenish, yellow, pinkish, or white – with or without an odor
Any of the above symptoms could be a sign that you have a vaginal infection. Once you’ve detected it, it’s important to take action quickly before it develops into a more serious problem. Fortunately, you can also avoid them by following the recommendations in today’s article.
How can you avoid vaginal infections?
Like we said above, vaginal infections can be triggered by a number of different factors. But if you take quick action against them you can significantly reduce your risk of contracting one in the first place.
Wear cotton underwear
Underwear made from 100% cotton can help keep you dry, which protects you from many vaginal infections. Cotton wicks away moisture, the food of choice for yeast. When you’re buying new underwear, make sure that at least the crotch area is made of cotton.
Use proper hygiene
Your daily personal hygiene is one of the main ways you can prevent vaginal infections. It’s important that you wash this sensitive region of your body with a gentle soap that won’t upset your body’s natural pH. In addition to bathing, when you use the bathroom always wipe from front to back to avoid transferring bacteria and germs to the vagina. Powders, perfumed soaps, bubble baths, scented tampons, and “feminine” deodorants can alter the balance of bacteria in your vagina and can even worsen an already existing infection.
Avoid wearing tight clothesJeans or shorts that are too tight form a warm and humid environment that’s ideal for the proliferation of bacteria and yeast. Try to wear looser fitting clothing, like skirts for example.
Keep your intimate areas dry
Humidity and moisture are the perfect environment for yeast and bacteria to grow. It’s very important that you dry your intimate areas before putting on any kinds of clothing.
Avoiding using vaginal douches
Washing the inside of the vagina with any liquid can destroy the “good” bacteria that helps prevent vaginal infections. This exposes you to greater risk of one of these pesky problems and can even make you more vulnerable to other types of illnesses.
Improve your diet
A healthy diet is a very important way to keep vaginal infections at bay. Numerous studies have found that the regular consumption of sugars and alcohol, combined with stress, can trigger a vaginal infection. Experts recommend avoiding these foods and stressful situations, suggesting that you try to drink more water and eat fruits and vegetables that help keep your urinary tract clean.
- Among the foods that are recommended to prevent vaginal infections are: cabbage, spinach, pineapple, turnips and turnip greens, Swiss chard, garlic, horseradish, parsley, beet greens, dandelion, broccoli, and citrus fruits.
- In addition, it’s recommended that you eat plenty of plain yogurt that contains lactic acid, which helps restore the healthy bacteria you may have lost.
Juices that help prevent vaginal infections
This juice acts as a natural antibiotic, helping the body fight off viruses, fungi, and bacteria that can cause vaginal infections. Garlic fights bacteria and fungi, and it’s also rich in antioxidants and nutrients that strengthen your immune system.
- 1 bunch of spinach
- 1 clove of garlic
- 2 tomatoes
Wash all ingredients well and add them to your blender with a half a cup of water. Process until smooth, and drink this beverage without straining it.