Three out of four women will experience at least one yeast infection during her life, many experience recurrent infections. Practicing some of these prevention techniques may help reduce your risk.
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- Always wear cotton underwear. Nylon and Lycra may trap air and create a breeding ground for yeast. Never wear pantyhose without wearing cotton underwear underneath.
- Never use petroleum-based lubricants for vaginal lubrication during sexual intercourse. Always use water-based lubricants when vaginal dryness is an issue.
- Always wipe from front to back after a bowel movement to prevent the yeast which normally inhabits the intestinal tract from being transferred to the vaginal area.
- Eating one cup of yogurt a day helps some women prevent the yeast infections that often follow antibiotic treatment; however, eating yogurt will not cure a yeast infection.
- Don't use perfumed bath products or powders in the vaginal area, these can cause irritations which can lead to infection.
- Don't use douches! Douches wash away the natural protective mucous of the vagina leaving the vagina more susceptible to yeast and other vaginal infections.
- Before you get a yeast infection, decide if you prefer prescription or over-the counter (OTC) treatment.
- At the first sign of yeast infection call your physician for prescribed medication, or go to your pharmacy to buy one of the FDA approved products that are available OTC.
- Never self-treat a yeast infection unless you have previously been diagnosed for a yeast infection by a healthcare professional.
- Always call a healthcare professional for diagnosis if you are not sure a subsequent infection is yeast. Other vaginal infections or STDs may have similar symptoms.