One of the most unpleasant thing that a woman can get in her lifetime is a vaginal yeast infection, also known as candidiasis. It is probably the most common infection as 3 out of 4 women experience this at least once in their life. Just to make it clear, it is not considered a sexually transmitted infection (STI), so do not worry too much if you get this. Also, women do not have to be sexually active to develop this infection.
The first thing you should know about vaginal yeast infection is that it is caused by an unhealthy vagina. And an unhealthy vagina results from an imbalance in hormones that we get from the following: a weakened immune system, stress, lack of sleep, diet high in carbohydrates and sugar, antibiotics, and menstruation. When the pH level in the vagina changes and becomes alkaline, there is a tendency for yeast overgrowth to occur, which can then lead to infections.
If you feel like something unusual is going on down there, in terms of smell or discharge, then it is likely that you are experiencing some kind of infection. Symptoms of vaginal yeast infection include: itching, redness, burning sensation while urinating, pain during sex, soreness, and rashes. In some cases, vaginal discharge becomes clumpy like cottage cheese, and is accompanied by an unpleasant stench.
If you know that you have a vaginal yeast infection, it is best that you go to your gynecologist so he/she can prescribe you with an anti-fungal cream. Because the longer you leave this condition untreated, the worse the symptoms will be. Vaginal yeast infections can last from a few days, up to two weeks.
It is unavoidable for one to completely be immune to this condition because our bodies change on a daily basis, but there are ways to prevent getting infections like this. One thing you should know is that the vagina is very sensitive, and here are some ways to protect it from getting yeast infections.
Make sure to always wear breathable clothing. Wearing pants that are too tight tend to increase our body’s temperature, which means that you are more prone to sweating down there, raising your chances of getting infected. Similarly, it is best to always opt for breathable underwear like cotton so it does not hold heat or moisture. Another mistake that a lot of women do not realize is not changing their wet bikinis, or damp workout clothes immediately. Always make sure to keep yourself dry and fresh to avoid getting infected.
When you have your period, make sure to stay hygienic by changing your pads and tampons frequently. Furthermore, when using the toilet, always wipe from front to back because you don’t want the bacteria to get in your vagina. Now, you might think that washing your vagina regularly will protect you from yeast infections, but that is not always the case. Douching can actually make you more prone to getting an infection as it also washes off the good bacteria in your vagina.