Specific steps for preventing vaginitis
It is believed that during the course of their lives, 75% of women are likely to suffer a vaginal yeast infection.
After you have suffered vaginitis once, it becomes considerably more likely that you will do so again, particularly if you treat the condition on a peripheral level, rather than attacking the root cause of your yeast infection.
However, even for those who suffer regular yeast infection attacks, there must have been the first time, and before the first occurrence of a medical condition that has probably caused them a great deal of misery ever since, there were many things that they could have done in orderto reduce the risk of that first infection ever happening.
Yeast infections thrive in moist conditions, so the first step that you can take in an effort to reduce the likelihood of a yeast infection is to do whatever you can to limit moisture around the vaginal areas.
For example, make sure that after every bath, shower or visit to the bathroom, you are completely dry and use a baby-powder style powder to keep yourself dry for a long as possible. We will consider other specific areas of your life that you should think about in this respect over the following sections.
Consider the clothes you wear
The fact that yeast needs moist conditions to thrive should indicate that anything you can do to keep this particular area of your body clean, cool and dry is likely to thwart the yeast mold and stop it developing. Consequently, you should give a great deal of thought to what you wear each day. For example, wearing unbleached cotton underwear is far more conducive to conditions that will frustrate the yeast, because these materials allow your body to breathe and reduce the amount of natural perspiration at the same time.
Avoid wearing plastic-based man-made fibers immediately next to the skin, with nylon underwear or pantyhose being a big no-no. If you wear trousers or jeans, make sure that they are loose fitting, because tight clothing that is worn for any length of time will induce exactly the right ‘warm and sweaty’ conditions that the yeast cells need
to multiply and grow.
Whenever possible, wear clothing that is loose and comfortable, such as kaftan style all-in-one robes, and if, for example, you are doing so at home, then dispensing with underwear entirely is a great way of ensuring that you stay cool and dry. Be aware of your hormones It is a common question asked by many women as to why it should be
that yeast infections in the genital area are far more common in women than they are in men.
This is not to say that men never suffer a similar condition, but the reason is believed to relate to the female sex hormone progesterone. This is a hormone the levels of which are significantly elevated during the second half of the menstrual cycle, as well as during the menopause and pregnancy. Consequently, at all of these times, it is far more likely that you will suffer a yeast infection, but because progesterone is present at all times, women are naturally far more prone to yeast infections.
The reason that progesterone makes yeast infections more likely is because it increases the production of glycogen in and around the vaginal tissues. Glycogen is a natural starch that is converted into sugar easily, and as you will discover later, this provides an ideal breeding ground for yeast.