Vaginal Yeast Infections: Risks, Prevention Techniques, and Treatments

Extreme itchiness, burning, swelling. Sound familiar? Yeast infections (also referred to as vaginal candidiasis) are a massive nuisance for women everywhere- and they’re super common. 3 out of 4 women will get a yeast infection at some point in life, and around 50% of women will have 2+ infections (1). Not very good odds- but fear not. As long as the infection is treated properly, you’ll be back to yourself in no time.

What can cause a vaginal yeast infection?

Basically, anything that messes up the balance of your vaginal flora can cause an infection.

Consider this:

Possible Interferences (2):

  • Pregnancy
  • Immunodeficiency disorders
  • Birth control pills (they increase estrogen levels)
  • Sexual activities, particularly oral-genital contact
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Antibiotic use can decrease lactobacillus bacteria which changes its pH level

*Some women develop a yeast infection after treating a UTI with antibiotics

So, how can I prevent this from happening?

Prevention is always a great route!

Some people suggest eating eight ounces of yogurt that contain live cultures.

We recommend trying BINTO's probiotics. They contain lactobacillus acidophilus, which (studies demonstrate [3]) may prevent yeast infections as well as UTIs. This might be especially helpful if you have recurring yeast infections.

As for lifestyle changes, be conscious about keeping your vaginal area clean and dry. Change feminine hygiene products often, ditch your wet swimsuit for some dry clothes, and try wearing cotton panties.

Don’t douche- it removes basic bacteria that prevent infection. Also, stay away from those scented feminine products. Not only can they cause swelling and rashes, but they kill good bacteria which can result in yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis (4). Let’s be real- is that artificial floral scent really worth it?

The Organic Way:

Try our collection of organic cotton tampons and pads, free of harsh chemicals and dyes. Your body will thank you!

 

What are my treatment options?

Your doctor might prescribe an oral anti fungal medicine (Fluconazole is common [5]) which can eliminate the infection in just one or two doses.

There are several over the counter treatments that come in the form of ointments, creams, tablets, or vaginal suppositories. If the infection cannot be resolved via these options, you doctor will prescribe a stronger ointment if needed.

*Be aware that some vaginal creams can damage latex and cause condoms (or other barrier methods of contraception) to break (6).

*Yeast infections are not considered STIs, but there is a chance you can pass it on to your partner (1).

Resources:

  1. https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/vaginal-yeast-infections
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/yeast-infection/symptoms-causes/syc-20378999
  3. https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/vaginal-yeast-infections
  4. http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/wellness/a38370/why-scented-tampons-are-bad-for-you/
  5. https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-3780-5052/fluconazole-oral/fluconazole-oral/details
  6. https://www.nps.org.au/australian-prescriber/articles/the-effect-of-antifungal-creams-and-pessaries-on-latex

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