What Causes a Yeast Infection in Women?
What Causes a Yeast Infection in Women?
You might be wondering what causes a yeast infection in women and why you get them so often. Women from all over the world have this problem, so you aren’t alone.
If you want to learn how you can avoid getting a yeast infection, check my list of causes of vaginal yeast infections and tips on how you can prevent them:
- Taking antibiotics can increase your chances of developing a yeast infection. The problem with antibiotics is that apart from killing harmful microorganisms, they also kill friendly bacteria which makes it easier for Candida to multiply cause an infection.
- A humid and warm environment is a perfect place for yeast to start breeding and cause nasty symptoms. To make sure you reduce your chances of getting a yeast infection, try not to wear tight, synthetic underwear, tights, leggings and trousers. It’s best to use cotton underwear or none at all. Silk underwear is also great. Also, make sure you don’t wear a wet swimsuit at the swimming pool or on the beach. Change into dry clothes as soon as possible. Another great tip is to sleep nude or at least without any underwear. This will reduce the humidity around your vagina and ensure more airflow creating hostile conditions for the yeast.
- Reduce the amount of alcohol you drink every day or week. Alcohol can stir up the bacterial balance in your body, creating a perfect environment for Candida to thrive. You don’t want this, so avoid it whenever possible. whenever you drink, take probiotic suppositories or probiotic supplements to reestablish the levels of friendly bacteria in your body.
- It’s good to remember that high cortisol levels in your blood can weaken your immune system and make you more prone to vaginal yeast infection. To reduce the risk, try to avoid situations that cause you chronic stress or learn techniques that will help you reduce stress. Caffeine-containing foods such as coffee, chocolate or ice cream also increase cortisol levels in your blood. Try to avoid them whenever possible. Lack of sleep can also boost cortisol levels, so try to get enough sleep every night.
- Having an intercourse more than 7 times per week may cause micro-injuries in the vaginal tissues. These small wounds make your vagina more prone to infection as they’re ideal for Candida to grow. Bear in mind that any type of wound or injury within the vulva will provide a perfect environment for a yeast infection to develop.
- If you use lubricants and condoms, check the package. If they have a spermicide called nonoxynol-9, avoid them. the chemical is also common in diaphragm jelly, cervical caps and contraceptive sponges. Scientific research shows that nonoxynol-9 not only triggers vaginal yeast infections but it also increases your risk of catching HIV because it makes vaginal tissue more prone to injuries. Always look into the ingredients before you buy. Although Durex has ceased selling products with nonoxynol-9, you may still find a few floating around.
- If you are a carrier of HIV or you have diabetes, you are more susceptible to yeast infections. Try to go with a diet rich in probiotics, as this greatly helps. There are also a lot of probiotic supplements out there that can help you. All of these are used to keep your vaginal flora balanced and strengthen your defenses against yeast infections. You can also use probiotic tampons when you have your period to help develop the friendly bacteria that you need.
- Hormonal imbalance during pregnancy or period can also trigger a yeast infection. Eat one cup of yogurt every morning or take probiotic supplements every day. These will definitely make a difference as they help maintain healthy levels of friendly bacteria, which help protect you from Candida overgrowth. Another great way to avoid a yeast infection during or after your period is to use probiotic tampons, they provide probiotics straight to your vagina making sure they can easily colonize it and eradicate harmful microorganisms, such as Candida or bacteria that cause bacterial vaginosis.
- Always try to avoid steroid medications. There have been many studies that indicate they actually cause yeast infections. If you must take steroids, at least have your Dr. prescribe an oral antifungal medication, such as Fluconazole, as a preventative measure. You can also strengthen your immunity by using natural antifungal supplements, such as Aloe vera, cranberries or propolis.
- Scented soaps or hygiene products, as well as bubble baths, are a big no-no. They can really affect you by changing the pH within the vagina. This invites Candida to come and grow. Perfumed toilet paper will also irritate your skin, causing even more infections. Instead of using scented products go for gentle intimate washes with natural ingredients and antifungal washes to help prevent yeast infections.
- Instead of using traditional, estrogen-based oral contraceptives, go for progestin-only pills. Some studies show a link between estrogen rich contraceptives and vaginal yeast infections. Discuss your options with your doctor.
- Another risk factor when it comes to vaginal yeast infections is harsh chemicals found in swimming pools. They are designed to kill harmful bacteria and maintain proper pH levels, but at the same time they can kill the friendly bacteria in your vagina and upset its pH making it more prone to infection. Whenever you can, choose a UV or ozone sanitized swimming pool, they don’t use as many chemicals as normal pools. Also, make sure you don’t walk around in a wet swimsuit as this can provide a perfect humid and warm environment for yeast to breed.
- Studies show that vaginal douches can upset your vaginal flora and cause yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis.
- Studies show that eating sugar can increase the risk of getting a vaginal yeast infection in women who suffer from impaired glucose tolerance. If you’re suffering from recurring yeast infections, it’s worth to have your glucose tolerance tested to eliminate this cause or get proper treatment to avoid yeast infections in future.
Check this video to learn more about what is a vaginal yeast infection and how you can prevent it and treat it:
Is there anything else that you think triggers your vaginal yeast infections? Please share your experiences and questions in the comment section below.