Yeast infections are common, but women who get yeast infections report feeling embarrassed, self-conscious, afraid they will be judged or as if they have done something wrong. Part of the unease comes from the myths and misconceptions surrounding the condition. Three in four women will suffer from a yeast infection at some point in their life. So why are yeast infections a taboo topic? What’s true and what’s not?
- MYTH: Sex causes yeast infections
FACT: Yeast infections CAN’T be transmitted through sexual intercourse
Yeast infections are caused by an imbalance of bacteria in the body. It is not a sexually transmitted disease. Sexual activity, however, could cause irritation or discomfort. If the discomfort continues after a few days, talk to your doctor about your symptoms.
- MYTH: Inserting garlic into the vagina will cure a yeast infection
FACT: Inserting any foreign object into the vagina may worsen the infection or cause several complications
Although many consider garlic to have detoxifying qualities, it is not scientifically proven that garlic can cure yeast infections.
- MYTH: Eating yogurt will decrease your chances of getting a yeast infection
FACT: There is no particular food that can prevent you from getting a yeast infection
A healthy and balanced diet may help you fight infections faster; however, yeast infections are caused when the bacteria in your body are at an imbalance. Eating excess probiotic-packed yogurt or even applying it to the infected area will not change the imbalance.
- MYTH: Douching will help with your yeast infection
FACT: Douching is not a recommended or an approved practice by the medical community
In fact, douching can cause more harm than good. The practice can worsen your yeast infection and may lead to other infections.
- MYTH: Swimming can cause yeast infections
FACT: Yeast infections are not contagious; therefore, can’t be transmitted
You will not get a yeast infection because you went swimming, but wearing damp or tight-fitted clothes can create the ideal environment for yeast to grow. Change into clean and dry clothes after swimming or a workout to decrease the risk of a yeast infection.
- MYTH: Regularly using a laptop may increase the risk of getting a yeast infection
FACT: The heat generated by laptops may cause your legs and lap area to perspire, creating the ideal environment for yeast to grow.
Keeping the area around the vaginal dry can prevent you from developing a yeast infection.
If you or someone you love has a yeast infection, share these facts with them. Yeast infections are common and are nothing to be ashamed of. Women’s Health Care Research is currently seeking volunteers with yeast infections to participate in research studies. Those that qualify may receive study-related care and medication at no cost, and a better understanding of the condition. Qualified volunteers may receive compensation for time and travel. Click below to learn more!
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