Wear cotton underwear
The fungus (Candida albicans) responsible for yeast infections thrives in warm, moist environments. To avoid yeast infections, wear cotton underwear to reduce moisture retention. The cotton will absorb dampness away from your vagina. Synthetic materials such as nylon won’t help reduce moisture, rather they trap and hold moisture in place. While this won’t affect everyone, women who are predisposed to develop chronic yeast infections should be aware of the potential risk. Another way to reduce moisture down there is to avoid using a pantyliner for extended periods of time. They trap in moisture since they minimize air flow. Here are more underwear mistakes that can mess with your health.
Pass on scented products
In order to maintain a balanced vaginal pH level, avoid using scented products such as soaps, tampons, sanitary pads, sprays, and powders. Elisa Ross, MD, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Health Institute confirms that scented products “may also dry out the sensitive tissue.” If you already have a yeast infection, using these products may only aggravate it and cause more discomfort. Also avoid douching as this can cause an imbalance between “good” vaginal bacteria and other more harmful bacteria. Douching washes away the protective lining in the vagina which is how to prevent yeast infections. Here are health secrets your vagina wants to tell you.