Vagina Dialogue: Yeast Infections

Ladies!! Soooo I am still receiving lots of questions and request for more “Vagina Dialogue” so I will continue to cover these hot topics. What is a yeast infection?So yeast infections are fairly common and affect mostly women and some times young girls (men can get them as well but it is far less likely and or common). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) “Nearly 75% of all adult women have had at least one yeast infection in their lifetime.” So I think it’s safe to say this is an infection that most women are at least familiar with- yet there are still tons of women who continue to deal with them.

Yeast infections are fungal infections that are caused by an imbalance in pH that leads to an overproduction of the normal yeast found in the vagina. Symptoms include vulvar-vaginal discomfort, itching, irritation and a thick cottage cheese-like discharge. It can produce an odor but mostly has none.

For women with repeat yeast infections, you should be sure to rule out the possibility of Diabetes or an immunocompromised state

. RISK FACTORS:· Tight clothing· Tight Undergarments· Scented soap, body wash, laundry detergent· Wet clothing (swimwear/ workout)· Diabetes· High Sugar Diet· Recent Antibiotic Use· Steroid Use

PREVENTION MEASURES:· Cotton crotched undergarments· Loose fitted clothing· Unscented soap (if easily irritated)· Keep pubic hair trimmed· Change swimwear/ workout clothes immediately after· Decrease sugar intake· Probiotics / yogurt help maintain normal pH balanceSee what the CDC has to say about Yeast Infections!

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