Yeast infections can be a big pain (and itch) in your girly parts. For some ladies, it may be embarrassing due to the bodily response that accompanies this condition. Here are 10 surprising facts about yeast infections that should set your mind at ease:
1. They are common
Despite 75% of women contracting yeast infection some time in their life, there are still many ladies who don’t know how to tackle them. For those who are still in the dark, applying anti-fungal creams can help treat it. Furthermore, Monistat has also launched a “Time for TMI” campaign to bring more awareness to yeast infection.
2. They are not STDs
Yeast infection is not sexually transmitted. It is caused by a pH imbalance in the vagina which increases the amount of yeast, leading to infection. It can be caused by many factors such as stress, hormonal contraceptives and weak immune system.
3. They are not bacterial infections
Although bacterial vaginal infections have similar symptoms as yeast infections, they are not the same. Another good news is that the former requires antibiotics, while the latter simply can be treated with anti-fungal that can be bought over the counter.
4. They are not chronic
A yeast infection is not chronic, so you don’t have to panic. Having it once does not increase the risk of getting it in future. Treatment is easily administered and it takes at most a week to treat it completely.
5. They are more common after conceiving
After ladies give birth, prolactin – a hormone which is required for breastfeeding – remains and attracts other hormones too. This creates a hormonal imbalance which can increase the chance of getting yeast infections. So don’t be alarmed if the symptoms appear more often than normal.
6. They can be increased by sugar
You have heard all the negative effects of sugar on your physical health, but it can also increase the likelihood of developing a yeast infection. Yeast feeds on sugar to multiply. As a result, this ups the chances of contracting the condition. The solution? Keep your sugar intake in check, and better still, avoid all processed sugar.
7. They may be caused by your dirty gym clothes
You may want to lounge around after a training session. After all, you deserve it, right? Newsflash: doing so can increase the chance of yeast infections. This is because after the workout, your gym clothes become warmer due to your body temperature. This creates a warm conducive environment for yeast to grow, thereby potentially causing yeast infection.
8. Avoid frequent consumption of cranberry juice
While drinking cranberry juice may help cure yeast infection, drinking it on a regular basis can increase the chance of recurrence. Instead of using cranberry juice as a cure, stick to using an anti-fungal cream and take water as your choice of beverage.
9. Using highly perfumed products doesn’t help
Using highly perfumed detergents for your delicates can cause more prevalent yeast infections. To turn the situation around, wash your clothes with fragrance-free detergents and clean your nether regions with mild soap.
10. They can be spread to your partner
While yeast is not bacteria or virus, it can be spread to a sexual partner. Clear communication between both parties can help to alleviate any misunderstandings. With the right approach to treatment, yeast infection shouldn’t be a huge concern.
With these facts in hand, ladies will be able to manage and treat themselves properly. As the condition gains more attention and women become more aware of it, the stigma of yeast infection will hopefully be nothing more than a thing of the past.