Updated: Oct 4, 2019
By: Isabella Vargas
Yeast infections can make many of us feel embarrassed. If you’ve ever had a yeast infection, you don’t want to even think about what’s happening down there… better yet talk about it. We all hate having to deal with this itchy, annoyance every now and then but the truth is, you will most likely have at least one yeast infection in your lifetime.
Any person, regardless of their reproductive organs, can get a yeast infection at any point of the year. If you’ve never had one, then you are luckier than a lot of people. Yeast infections are actually more common than you think. They affect up to 75% of women at some point in their life.
There are many things that can cause yeast infections, but there are also plenty of ways to prevent them. The most popular reason for yeast infections is taking antibiotics. The negative side effects of antibiotics are that they kill the good bacterias that we need in our bodies, especially in our vaginas. A few days into taking antibiotics, you’ll begin to feel dry and itchy. One tip to lessen your chances of a yeast infection while taking medication, is to also take a probiotic every time you take your antibiotic. Yogurts are a great source of probiotic! Doing this, will help balance the pH levels in your body.
By now you’ve probably heard, or read online, to also avoid douching. Another reason for most yeast infections is douching, or cleaning the vagina too much. Even though we see soaps and sprays in stores that are made for our vaginas -- that smell better -- they actually do more harm than good. Using these products on your vagina, will only lead to more dryness and discomfort. As tempting as it may be, stay away from those cleansing washes, especially if they have fragrance.
The last, most important tip for preventing a yeast infection is sleeping nude or without underwear. The benefits of sleeping nude are, you’ll get more of an airflow to your vagina which wouldn’t happen if you were wearing underwear. We probably don’t think twice about putting on underwear but the reality is, your vagina produces moisture at night and underwear will only attract more moisture and bad bacteria. If you can, try sleeping naked for one week and see if you notice any differences in your vaginal health. As women, we need to take care of our bodies and even though our vaginas are self-cleaning, they deserve all the TLC we can give them.