Six Tips for Vaginal Yeast Infections

Editor's Note: Do NOT try these home remedies without consulting a health professional to make sure they are appropriate for you.

Preventing a yeast infection isn't too hard, particularly if you know you have certain triggers which cause them to begin with. For instance, if you know using latex condoms triggers a vaginal yeast infection, then you can prevent the infections by simply changing to a non-latex condom.

Here are six easy common-sense ways to help prevent vaginal yeast infections:

1. Eat yogurt. Eating plain unsweetened unprocessed yogurt will help boost the amount of "good" bacteria and flora in your body. Since these bacteria are what helps keep the yeast under control in your body, eating yogurt regularly can help prevent vaginal yeast infections. Eating yogurt is especially important if you're on an antibiotic to take care of some other infection in your body as this is when you'll be most vulnerable to getting a vaginal yeast infection.

2. Boost your nutrition. If your body's immune system is weak, you'll be more likely to have recurring vaginal yeast infections. By simply getting your daily allowance of vitamins, eating more fruits and vegetables, or taking herbal supplements, you can boost the nutrition levels in your body naturally, and help keep the yeast infections at bay.

Eating yogurt and maximizing nutrition are two keystone factors in prevention. For a host of diet and nutrition ideas, check out Yeast Infection No More, a comprehensive how-to book on naturally curing yeast infections and preventing them from occurring in the future. - Editors

3. Wear lose clothing. The type of clothing you wear is very important. Tight fitting pants, panties, or other clothes which do not let air circulate encourages yeast to grow. By wearing looser clothing, air is able to circulate much better. You can also change the type of fabric or cloth you're wearing to something like cotton which breathes better.

4. Keep clean. Taking care of yourself is a must, and keeping clean will help control or prevent problems with chronic yeast infections. Change your underclothing and wash at least daily under regular circumstances, and two or three times a day if you work outdoors or in a job which involves lots of grease or dirt. This applies to your partner as well: If your partner works in greasy, dirty conditions, have them wash well before becoming intimate with you.

5. Try changing things. If other methods aren't working to help prevent chronic yeast infections, you could be having problems with chemicals or dyes. These could be in the clothing you're wearing, the soaps and cleansers you're using, or in your perfumes. Try changing one of these things at a time to see if it helps.

6. You may want to treat your partner too. When you get a yeast infection that doesn't seem to be going away, consider treating your sexual partner as well as yourself, to be sure you're not transmitting the yeast infection back and forth between each other constantly.

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