You can’t always prevent yeast infections, but you can decrease your chances of getting them by practicing good vaginal hygiene, avoiding irritating products, wearing the right clothing, and taking care of your health. Mindful habits will help your body maintain a healthy balance of Candida in the vagina and avoid the overgrowth of the Candida fungus that causes a yeast infection.
Keep Your Vaginal Area Clean
Proper hygiene will help decrease your chances of getting a yeast infection. Keep your vaginal area clean and dry by:
- Washing with unscented soap and water
- Taking showers rather than baths
- Wiping from front to back after using the restroom
- Changing tampons and pads frequently during your menstrual cycle
Avoid Irritating Products
Certain products can irritate the vagina and increase your likelihood of getting a yeast infection. Stay away from:
- Scented soaps and bubble baths
- Scented pads and tampons
Some lubricants and spermicides may cause irritation as well. If you experience itching and discomfort after using these products, try switching to a different brand or using another method of birth control.
Wear the Right Clothing
Damp or tight-fitting clothing encourages Candida growth by creating a moist, warm environment. Prevent this by:
- Wearing cotton underwear
- Avoiding tight pants, tights, and pantyhose
- Changing out of swimsuits and wet clothes as soon as possible
Take Care of Your Health
You’re more likely to get a yeast infection if you’re taking antibiotics or struggling with uncontrolled diabetes. Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels will help you keep yeast infections at bay. You can also decrease your likelihood of getting a yeast infection by avoiding unnecessary antibiotics. Your local medical provider can discuss the need for antibiotics with you and help you understand how to balance other health needs with your desire to keep Candida growth under control.