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Sometimes the easiest way to treat a yeast infection is to stop it before it starts.

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.

    • Always wear cotton underwear; avoid nylon and Lycra as much as possible, as they may trap air create breeding ground for yeast; never wear pantyhose without wearing cotton panties underneath.
    • Always use water-based lubricants when vaginal dryness is an issue, during sexual intercourse.
    • 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 yogurt will not cure a yeast infection. However, some women find eating one cup of yogurt a day when taking antibiotics is helpful to prevent the yeast infections that often follow antibiotic treatment.
    • 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.
    • Use a pH balanced feminine wash for your genital area on a daily basis.

Tips:

  1. Before you get a yeast infection, decide if you prefer prescription or over-the counter (OTC) treatment.
  2. At the first sign of yeast infection, call your physician for prescribed medication or some other yeast infection treatment the physician may advise.
  3. Never self-treat a yeast infection unless you have previously been diagnosed for a yeast infection by a healthcare professional.
  4. 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.

Some more About Vaginal Yeast Infections:

What is a Vaginal Yeast Infection?
Yeast is a fungus, naturally present in the vagina. Normally, the amount of yeast is small. A yeast infection means that there is an abnormal amount of yeast cell build up growing in the vagina. Although the infection is common and easy to treat, it can be very uncomfortable for women.

What is a Vaginal Yeast Infection caused by?
The vagina contains a certain amount of bacteria that controls the amount of yeast. If the bacteria amount is affected and an unbalanced level occurs, additional yeast cells start to grow.
Common causes of the unbalanced level of bacteria are if you are taking antibiotics, if you have a change in estrogen levels due to pregnancy or hormone replacement therapy, if you have diseases like diabetes or HIV, or if you are taking birth control, menstruating, or allow sperm to enter during sex. Women who are pregnant or have experienced menopause are also more likely to get yeast infections.

What are the symptoms of a Vaginal Yeast Infection?
Most women experience vaginal itching, soreness, a burning sensation during urination or sex, and a thick, white, clumpy, odorless discharge.

How can you treat a Vaginal Yeast Infection?
Treatment can usually be handled with over the counter medications like antifungal cream, a suppository, or antifungal tablets. Most times the infection will clear on it’s on but if not, or if you are experiencing yeast infections on a regular basis, it is important to visit a doctor to make sure everything is ok. They may recommend a yeast infection treatment or prescription medication.