Summer has not officially begun, but plenty of us are already dealing with the heat! Queue the migration to the beach, pools, and other fun places to hang out in the beautiful weather. So, what does summer have to do with yeast infections? Let’s talk about how summer, combined with some very common choices, can lead you down the road to a yeast infection. By realizing how yeast infections start, you can help to avoid them and “The Summer of Yeast Infections”.

Vaginal yeast infection (vaginal candidiasis) occurs when there is an overproduction of yeast (candida) in the vagina and causes an infection.

Symptoms can Include:

  • Vaginal itching or soreness
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Pain or discomfort when urinating
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge

Think Dry

Yeast loves warm, moist environments, so it is safe to say, summer and yeast infections are BFFs. Breakup the friendship with not hanging out in your wet clothes. Went for a run? Good for you! Change. Went swimming? Sounds fun! Change. You get it, right? Also, if possible, ditch the tights and stockings. Talk about trapped air!

Now Just a Cotton Pickin’ Minute!

Nothing says sexy like silky, lacy, or mesh undies, right? We give you that, but these materials trap air and warmth down there, and voilà! Yeast infections. Cotton is a more breathable material and a better choice when trying to avoid yeast infections.

Hopefully, you have a better understanding of reducing your chances of yeast infections this summer. It is important to remember that if you do end up with a yeast infection, seek medical attention from a professional. Although there over the counter treatments available, if you have an infection that is resistant to treatment, it could be a sign of other medical conditions.

Apply for a Clinical Study!

Women’s Health Care Research is currently seeking participants struggling with recurring yeast infections. Qualified candidates who participate may receive study-related care at no cost and receive compensation for travel. To learn more and see how you or someone you love may qualify for a study, click HERE.

References:

https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/candidiasis/genital/index.html

https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/a19996034/summer-yeast-infection/