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The How-To Lounge: Avoiding a Yeast Infection

Yeast infections are gross and irritating, but they happen. An overgrowth of fungus in your body can be caused by a variety of things, tight clothing, medication and pregnancy are just a few, so here are some easy tips to try to prevent them! Click here to

  • Keep your lady business as dry as possible. Moisture down there is a breeding ground for yeast
  • If you're a swimmer, be sure to change your swimsuit frequently. Wear breathable cotton underwear (or make sure your underwear has a cotton crotch) and stay far away from synthetic materials such as polyester
  • Avoid wearing tight fitting jeans, pants, shorts or nylons and always sleep without your underwear on - you need to let your lady business breathe
  • Contrary to popular belief, douching is bad for you. Using feminine hygiene products such as sprays and feminine cleaners, perfumed toilet paper, perfumed tampons or panty liners will also irritate your vagina and disrupt its natural pH balance, which can cause an infection
  • Unfortunately, some women are prone to yeast infections, especially while taking antibiotics so if you fall into that category, be sure to eat a diet rich in live culture and probiotics such as yogurt and Kambucha
  • If you have the symptoms of a yeast infection, burning, itching or thick white discharge, consult your doctor asap

I hope you find these preventative tips helpful.


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<3-Gossip <3-Gossip 9 years
lol, same - Lady business.
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 9 years
Your "lady business" makes me laugh but I like the term!
minnowbell minnowbell 9 years
I used to get them every time I was on antibiotics. Until a friend told me about "AZO Yeast", an Over-the-Counter product. For years whenever I thought I was about to get a uti/urinary tract infection I would take "AZO Standard", so I already trusted the brand. I've had great success/relief with both of these products. Always make sure you check with your doctor, I would recommend asking about these.
mrspiven mrspiven 9 years
i have been swimming since i was in elementary school (competitively) and this was always a problem with girls on my team. i fortunately avoided any problems and now i know how to continue to stay that way!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
no undies? what happens when there's a fire!!!!????? lol
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Eww I had soem before (NEVER HAVE SEX IN THE SHOWER) and they do suck, a lot, and you have to be careful your partner doesn't get them either because guys can get them. Also, guys with diabetes have a higher chance of getting them too. Just some info ;)
Amanda-La Amanda-La 9 years
I've never had one and I hope I never do.
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
Yogurt, Kombucha, live culture supplements, less sugar, less alcohol, less white bread.... I used to have these chronically but no more, thank goodness.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
Thanks Dear!
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