Recurring Yeast Infection and Ways to Prevent Them

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How do you prevent a recurring yeast infection?

The main way a yeast infection is created is when the population of yeast in the vagina has greatly increased. Candida is a type of yeast fungus that lives within the vagina but in small numbers. If those numbers increase, an infection can develop.

Up to 75% of women will get a vaginal infection at least once in their lives, and 50% percent of women will have recurring infections.

Recurrent or chronic vulvovaginal candidiasis occurs when a woman experiences a vaginal infection more than four times a year.

What are the causes of a yeast infection?

  • Frequent use of antibiotics, as they can kill the beneficial bacteria that keep the bacteria population under control
  • Certain things that alter your hormones such as birth control pills, estrogen therapy, and pregnancy
  • Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus
  • Certain medical conditions that have an effect on your immune system, particularly HIV
  • Obesity
  • Tight clothing or synthetics which can cause heat and moist to occur in your genital area
  • Having a short distance between the vagina and anus, where microorganisms tend to live

How can you prevent the infection?

  • Do not wear tight or synthetic clothing, instead, wear cotton and looser clothes
  • When possible do not wear pajama bottoms, go bare and let your genital area breath while you sleep
  • When wiping after using the toilet, start from the front to the back
  • Avoid douching
  • Avoid sex until the infection is gone

 

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Source: http://www.everydayhealth.com/yeast-infection/chronic/

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