3 Tips For Reducing Your Risk Of Yeast Infections

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If you have ever had a yeast infection, you probably know just how uncomfortable and unpleasant they can be. Although you can purchase over-the-counter medication or see your gynecologist to treat a yeast infection, it's best to avoid them altogether. Luckily, following these simple tips can help you reduce your risk of getting one in the first place.

1. Avoid Antibiotics When They Aren't Necessary

Obviously, you should always take antibiotics if your physician recommends them and you need them to treat a bacterial infection. However, try to avoid them when they aren't necessary if you want to avoid yeast infections; for example, if you are currently taking antibiotics to help treat and prevent acne, consider talking to your physician about alternative skin care options. Also, make sure that when you take antibiotics that you cease taking them as soon as the prescribed period is over. Otherwise, your antibiotics can affect the healthy levels of bacteria in your vagina.

2. Stop Using Douches

You might feel as if you don't feel completely clean when you don't use douches, but overusing them can increase your risk of a yeast infection. When possible, try cleaning with clean, cool water instead. It might be hard to get used to at first, but it's really all that a healthy vagina needs to stay clean. On the same note, it's best to avoid special vaginal washes, sprays, cleansing cloths, powders and other harsh materials that could affect the levels of bacteria and yeast down there. Once your bacteria levels balance back out, you'll realize that you don't need these things to feel clean and fresh, and you can greatly reduce your risk of a yeast infection.

3. Wear the Right Clothing

Be careful about wearing underwear or pants that are too tight; they can cause excessive warmth and moisture in your pubic region and can contribute to the growth of yeast. Also, make sure that you wear the right clothing when working out; always wear fabrics that are meant to dry as quickly as possible, and change out of them as soon as you cease activity.

Getting yeast infections isn't abnormal, and you shouldn't feel embarrassed if you do happen to contract one of these infections. However, it is best to do what you can to avoid them. Luckily, if you give these three tips a try, you're sure to notice a reduction in unhealthy yeast levels.


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