.The weather is colder, and women everywhere flock to the winter section of their closets and gleam at the sweaters and scarves, tights, and boots. But tucked behind your favorite pair of winter tights is a problem you thought was history with the seasons’ changing. Though yeast infections can be more prevalent in the warmer months, unfortunately, they can be just as bothersome in the winter. If your wish for Christmas is a cure for recurring yeast infections, we have some tips on how you can lessen their visits and why research studies may be the answer for you!
The Vagina Monologues- Winter Edition
Let’s get this straight. Your vagina loves the colder, drier months. What it doesn’t appreciate are the lengths we go to keep it warm. Also called candida, vaginal infections or candidiasis, yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina. The symptoms are burning, itching, discharge. Candidiasis thrives in warm, moist environments, and your layers and all the moving around equal just that. Synthetic materials and clothing that are super tight foster optimal yeast infection conditions as well. Instead, choose more loose options with breathable fabrics like cotton.
Colds and other illnesses are also more common in winter, along with antibiotics use. Your vaginal health depends on a delicate balance of different kinds of bacteria. Antibiotics kill the harmful bacteria in our bodies but can kill the beneficial ones in the process too. Not everyone who takes antibiotics will get a yeast infection, but if you are more susceptible to them or have them frequently, it could trigger one. If you are prone to yeast infections and are prescribed an antibiotic, talk with your doctor about things you can do to head an infection off at the pass, such as taking an over-the-counter anti-fungal while on them or other ways to keep that balance.
Curing Chronic Yeast Infections Through Research Studies
As many as 75% of women will have a yeast infection in their lifetime. Around 5% of women develop chronic or recurring yeast infections, which means they have them four or more times during 12 months. If you’ve tried everything to reduce your frequent yeast infections, talking with your doctor is the first step, if you haven’t already. They can rule out other conditions with similar symptoms and set you on a course of prescription treatments to keep them at bay.
Even with all the prevention in the world, some women will still get them. That is why clinical research studies are so crucial in the fight to cure recurring yeast infections. Research studies give participants potential access to new therapies not yet available to the public. They may work as well as or better than available ones. By participating in these studies, you are also helping to advance treatments for future women suffering from recurring yeast infections.
To learn if our currently enrolling yeast infection studies are right for you here at Women’s Health Care Research, visit our website or call (858) 505-8672.