Summer is upon us, and with each state preparing to reopen in the wake of COVID-19, many are looking forward to enjoying other’s company again. However, there is one summer visitor all females need to be on the lookout for. If there were a neighborhood watch for our lady-parts, this despicableness would be at the top of it. What is it? Yeast infections. This annoying condition can kill the best summer vibes, and if they are reoccurring, it can be a real nightmare. So, listen up, ladies! We are going to give you the tools you need to help prevent or reduce yeast infections. These suggestions can be used year-round to beat the itch.
The Itch that Won’t Quit
Every vagina is like an ecosystem that relies on a delicate balance of bacteria, fungus, and other science-y things. Vaginal yeast infections occur when the balance in your vagina changes, and the fungus candida (yeast) is produced faster than a pair of rabbits. The result is an overwhelming amount of yeast that leads to an infection. The dee-lightful symptoms include abnormal discharge, itching, soreness, pain during sex, and pain with urination.
Arm Your Vagina
The best way to prevent yeast infections is to make your vagina an unwelcome place for yeast overpopulation. The first thing to know is yeast thrives in warm and damp environments. So, a lot of advice stems from reducing your vagina’s exposure to those. Here are some total body approaches you can take:
- Clothing– Synthetic materials and tight clothing trap heat, cause sweating, and hang the welcome sign for yeast to grow out of control. Use 100% cotton underwear and loose, airy clothing.
- Moisture– After water activities and exercising, change into dry clothing as soon as possible.
- Food– Food and beverages high in sugar cause blood sugar to spike. Regular overindulgence in them can lead to yeast overgrowth. Instead, reduce how often these are consumed and eat a well-balanced diet with fruits and vegetables. Take a probiotic to help with gut health and switch out things like ice cream for yogurt.
Not All Yeast Infections are Created Equal
We would love to tell you that if followed, this advice will 100% prevent yeast infections. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Some yeast infections will keep reoccurring, even with the best measures taken. The symptoms of vaginal yeast infection also mimic other conditions. In these cases, you should see your gynecologist immediately, so the appropriate treatment is given.
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