The Yeast Beast – A Prevention Checklist
- Created: September 12, 2010
- by: admin
If you have recurring yeast infections, it’s only smart to figure out what’s causing them and work on prevention, rather than bombarding your body with drugs every time the little monsters take over.
If you have recurring yeast infections, it’s only smart to figure out what’s causing them and work on prevention, rather than bombarding your body with drugs every time the little monsters take over. If you know the kinds of things that contribute, you’ll also be more alert to symptoms. Yeast infections tend to occur when there is a change in the vaginal environment, injury, sexual transmission or HIV. Common environmental impacts on yeast production include increased PH, a rise in heat and/or moisture, allergic reactions, elevated sugar levels, hormonal fluxes and reductions in the natural populations of bacteria that are normally present.
If you are having a yeast problem, take a good hard look at this checklist. There’s a good chance your own personal culprit is hiding somewhere.
ANTIBIOTICS: Probably the leading cause. Antibiotics kill the unwanted bacteria that may be causing an infection in other parts of the body..but they will also create an imbalance in your normal bacteria population. Think about taking pro-biotics immediately following any antibiotic regimen. Your health food store or pharmacy has a variety of supplements. (And live- culture yogurt is as near as your grocery store.)
CLOTHING: If it’s tight, if it’s non-cotton, if, in fact, it’s any kind of fabric that doesn’t allow proper air circulation to your private parts, you are creating a terrarium for yeast. Opt for un-bleached, all-cotton underwear and change it once a day. If possible, never sleep it. (If not possible, opt for loose, boy-short variety. Your body will thank you.) Pantyhose are a no-no. Sorry, but if you are prone to yeast, they will only exaggerate the problem. Take this as your moment to transition into thigh-highs.
CHEMICALS: Inks, dyes, perfumes can upset the balance or trigger allergic reactions. Over-the-counter douches, most manufactured soaps, even perfumed toilet paper can all wreak havoc on your natural body chemistry. Laundry detergents, fabric softeners, additives in bubble baths and salts, scented tampons or pads and feminine deodorant sprays may be making you feel ‘fresh’ in the short term…but leave you yeast-available in the long term.
DIET: Poor nutrition and bad eating habits can also be at the root of recurrent yeast problems. Heavy doses of refined sugar, processed foods, dairy products can all affect the natural balance of yeast in your system. What you are putting into your body can definitely be nourishing a yeast infestation. Take a good hard look at what you eat…it may be feeding the problem.
SEX: Frequent exposure to sperm and semen over a short period of time can often lead to a yeast infection. Lack of lubrication also makes a difference. And yes, oral contraceptives can definitely impact the equation. While no one is suggesting you curtail your sex life or forego proper pregnancy protection, it’s a good idea to talk with your ob/gyn about these possible factors for re-infection and ways you could minimize their impact.