How to Deal With the Discomfort of a Yeast Infection
Yeast infections are extremely common – in fact, they are one of the most common problems to affect the sexual wellness and wellbeing of women of all ages. If you are a woman and you are reading this, it is highly likely that you will have had a yeast infection at some point – or that you will get one at some stage in the future. Therefore, it’s a great idea to be clued up about these nasty infections, so that you can avoid them if possible, and treat them promptly if you do end up with one.
One of the biggest risk factors for yeast infections is the use of antibiotics. Antibiotics are great for fighting off the bad bacteria in your body that causes infections of various types, but unfortunately they also kill off all the friendly bacteria too. This means that your natural gut and vaginal flora is altered, and you can then be at risk of developing thrush. Before you assume this, however, it’s always wise to get checked out by a GP as self-diagnosed yeast infections are often something else altogether.
If you have an infection, you will inevitably have to take antibiotics – there’s no avoiding it – but there are other actions that you can take to help reduce your chances of getting a yeast infection. Don’t use any kind of perfumed feminine hygiene products, including scented tampons or sanitary pads, and stay away from perfumed bubble bath. All of these can change the acidity of the vagina and lead to infection. Wear cotton pants and avoid tight-fitting clothing, to prevent heat from altering the PH of your vagina, as yeast infections love warm and moist environments.
Doctors are not always great at giving the best treatment for recurrent yeast infections and some women find themselves battling the same bug over and over again. Make sure you ask your doctor about a longer course of antifungal drugs, if you find that you are battling with thrush on a regular basis.