A vag yeast infection can really bring a woman down! Vag yeast infections are caused by the fungus called Candida. It affects many women. While it is women who commonly suffer from this nuisance, men too can be affected by it as the infection can develop on the body.
Yeast can only multiply to harmful levels when the conditions are just right. This infection not only causes pain and discomfort but can also make it difficult for you to perform your daily activities. But fear not, for this infection can be easily be prevented by some simple ways.
Signs and symptoms
When yeast overgrows in the vag, symptoms of a vag yeast infection can develop, including:
- vag itching sometimes very uncomfortable and severe
- vag discharge that’s white, thick, clumpy and odorless either looks like cottage or ricotta cheese
- irritated skin around the opening to the vag, redness and swelling
- slight bleeding
- vag pain, especially during intercourse or during menstruation
- pain when going to the bathroom or when urinating
- sometimes a slight smell that’s unusual
How to prevent vag yeast infection
- The best way to stop yeast from spreading is to keep your skin clean, dry and free from scrapes or wounds.
- Practice good hygiene. Take care of any open cuts properly helps prevent infections. Whether in the vagina, digestive tract, mouth or elsewhere.
- Make sure to wash the genital area with soap every day. Dy off the area well after showering.
- When you go to the bathroom, you can decrease the risk for spreading germs by wiping from front to back. (from vagina to your anus, instead of the other way around)
- Following s3xual intercourse, make sure to wash the genital area. It’s possible to spread yeast infections during s3x from person to person. Even though women are much more likely to carry yeast infections, men (especially men who are uncircumcised) can develop yeast infections in the genital area too.
- Always practice safe s3x by using condoms. But most importantly, abstain from s3x altogether if you or your partner have an active infection.
- Make sure to wear clean underwear. Choose cotton underwear or another breathable fabric. Allowing air to reach your genitals helps stop moisture and warmth from developing. This worsens yeast growth.
- You might also want to wear looser-fitting clothes. Also, avoid stockings, tights or bathing suits if you’re prone to getting vag8nal yeast infections. Because all these increases body heat and retain moisture. Try not to stay in one bathing suit for too many hours.
- Eating a nutrient-dense diet, especially one high in vegetables, healthy fats, probiotics and quality sources of protein.
- Make sure to control your blood sugar since high levels of sugar feed candida yeast growth.
- Also be careful about using products that cause vag8nal irritation, such as those with chemical dyes, fragrances and other harsh ingredients.