Nobody wants another yeast infection! But if you've had one, there's a 50% chance that you'll have another. Use these four secrets to prevent yeast infections.
Certain medical conditions and medications can increase your risk of yeast infections, such as:
These simple clothing and hygiene changes may help reduce the risk of yeast infections:
The role of diet changes is still being studied. Eating 240 mL (about one cup) per day of yogurt containing the healthy active bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus can reduce the risk of yeast infections. Supplements known as probiotics containing Lactobacillus are also available, but these can be costly and are less likely to contain active bacteria (which are needed to prevent yeast infections). Not all yogurts are created equal - check the label to make sure it contains active Lactobacillus acidophilus (also called L. acidophilus).
Do high intakes of carbohydrates and calories cause yeast infections? The jury is still out. Some studies have shown an increased risk, while others have not. There is also no convincing evidence to suggest that a yeast-free diet will help prevent yeast infections.
Some of the same medications that are used to treat yeast infectionscan also be used to prevent them. Women who have frequent yeast infections (more than four in the last year) may need to take vaginal medications or pills daily, weekly, every two weeks, or monthly for a six-month period (or longer) as a preventative treatment. If you are suffering from frequent yeast infections, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you follow these four secrets, your yeast infections may be a thing of the past! Still struggling? Time to pay a visit to your doctor! Fill out our "Doctor Discussion Guide" to help you prepare for your doctor visit.
Written and reviewed by the MediResource Clinical Team
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