ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Prevent Yeast Infections

Updated on February 20, 2016

Why Yeast Infections Happen

Our bodies contain naturally occurring yeast and bacteria, which work to balance each other, keeping our vaginas healthy. However, if this balance of yeast (candida) and bacteria (lactobacillusis) becomes disrupted, a yeast infection (Vulvovaginal candidiasis) can happen.

Many things can cause imbalance: medications, pregnancy, and lifestyle are just a few. This article will supply you with education and easy tips to prevent and get rid yeast infections.

Wear breathable cotton
Wear breathable cotton

Change your clothes...often

Yeast grows abundantly in damp and warm places that trap moisture, so you want to avoid providing that kind of environment. Avoid wearing clothes made of synthetic fibers--they stop airflow and keep moisture in, creating a perfect environment for yeast to grow. Don't use clothing that's tight around the crotch, like legging or tights--you need airflow. Wear breathable clothes (cotton, silk, or linen) and change your underwear daily.

If you have a yeast infection, keep in mind that candida yeast can live in your underwear and clothes, so be sure to washing everything well, with hot water, and bleach if you can.

Proper clothing can go a long way in preventing and getting rid of yeast infections.

Avoid Scented Products

Chemicals such as inks and perfumes can irritate your genitals, upsetting the balance of yeast and bacteria, and worsening a yeast infection. Baths are fine, but don't use scented soaps or bubble baths. Steer clear of scented feminine hygiene products like tampons, pads, or hygiene sprays as they will just aggravate your vaginal walls.

If you find you are extremely sensitive to dyes and perfumes, you may want to check your laundry detergent as well. Luckily, there are plenty of eco-brand laundry detergents, and others without fragrances or additives.

Stop Douching

Douching, intended to clean the vagina, may seem like it could be beneficial for yeast infections, but the opposite is true. Douching purges your vagina of ALL bacteria--good and bad. It is this balance of vaginal bacteria and flora which helps maintains an properly acidic environment, keeping you healthy and yeast-infection free. Another downside to douching is that it can force bad bacteria up into your uterus and fallopian tubes, aggravating and worsening an already existing yeast infection.

It is for these reasons that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that women avoid douching unless specifically prescribed by a doctor. If you want to maintain vaginal cleanliness during a yeast infection (or to prevent future infections) there are better ways to achieve this. Use mild soap and warm water and do not force the water into your vagina. You can also try gently cleaning your genitals with a diluted mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water.

Apples are a good low-sugar fruit
Apples are a good low-sugar fruit

Change Your Diet

While you have a yeast infection, your body will find certain foods hard to digest. It is believed that high levels of sugar can contribute to, and worsen, yeast infections, so its best to avoid it. Even fruit (especially dried fruit) tend to have a lot of aggravating fructose, so try to get your vitamins from another source, or eat fruits low in sugar like apples, grapefruit, strawberries, and melon.

The sugar in alcohol is a direct food source for candida, so avoid drinking when you have a yeast infection. You should also avoid sugar-packed sodas and acidic coffee as these can exacerbate your infection. Instead, drink purified water and tea.

If you cannot say no to sugar, look for plant-derived substitutes like vegetable glycerine.

A copper IUD is a hormone-free way to prevent pregnancy
A copper IUD is a hormone-free way to prevent pregnancy

Lower Your Estrogen Levels

It is believed that yeast infections happen more often in an environment of high estrogen levels. Pregnant women are particularly prone to yeast infections as well as women taking oral contraceptives. The most common kind of birth control pill is known as the Combined Pill, which contains two hormones: estrogen and progestin. Due to the high level of these hormones in this type of contraception, many women will experience an overgrowth of Candida albicans, which will cause a yeast infection. Not only that, some birth control pills can weaken the immune system, making it harder to cure a yeast infection.

If you are susceptible to yeast infections, you may want to consider alternative birth control options. There are plenty of contraceptives that do not contain hormones since as condoms and contraceptive sponges as well as a copper IUD. If you prefer to take oral contraceptives, ask your doctor or gynecologist about the mini-pill which only contains one type of hormone, progestin.



Yeast Infection Treatments

I hope you find these tips helpful in your fight to prevent yeast infections. If you are looking for more yeast infection treatments (like natural apple cider vinegar and oil of oregano remedies), please see the article, "Natural Home Remedies for Yeast Infections."


What habits have you found that help prevent yeast infections?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • C Ferg profile imageAUTHOR

      Colwynn 

      2 years ago

      Yes, probiotics are great for prevention for yeast infections, BV, and the like for sure!

    • Lipnancy profile image

      Nancy Yager 

      2 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      They say eating a container of yogurt a day will help to prevent yeast infections.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)