What prevention measures do you use to avoid getting a yeast infection?
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How can vaginal yeast infections be prevented?
Because yeast can be present normally in the vagina of
healthy women, not all
yeast infections can be prevented. However, it is possible to take preventive
measures that may reduce your risk of getting a yeast infection. These include
always cleaning the genital area from front to back and changing out of wet
bathing suits or damp clothes as soon as possible. Wearing loose-fitting cotton
underwear can help reduce moisture and prevent yeast infections. Since chemical
irritants can influence the balance of bacteria in the vagina, avoiding products
with potential irritants like douches or scented tampons can also help. Regular
baths or showers are an adequate way to cleanse the vagina, and douching is not
recommended and may actually increase your risk of yeast infection.
Some evidence shows that consumption of foods with probiotics (healthy
bacteria that are normally found in the body) like probiotic-containing yogurt
may help prevent yeast infections.