Yeast Infection in Women, Is It Preventable?

Quick Facts

  1. Yeasts are fungal infections. Most yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of the Candida albicans
  2. Candida albicans is usually present in the vagina and is normally found in the mouth, digestive tract and on the skin. But it can overgrow in certain conditions.
  3. Yeast infection is common in women, 2 out of every 3 women will suffer this infection in a life time. About 75%, Of women will have at least one vaginal yeast infection with symptoms at some point, and almost half will have two or more.
  4. It is not a sexually transmitted infection, though when you have it you can spread it during sex.  But there is a rare (about 15%) chance that men can develop symptoms (an itchy rash on the penis) after unprotected sex with an infected woman. Uncircumcised men have a greater risk of developing a rash.
  5. The most common symptom is to itching in the vaginal area.
  6. Other symptoms include a burning sensation, soreness, pain during intercourse and/or during urination, and a thick, white, vaginal discharge.
  7. Certain medications — including birth control pills, some antibiotics, and steroids — can change the acidic balance of the vagina and encourage the growth of yeast, which can lead to a vaginal infection.
  8. A recurrent yeast infection is defined as four or more infections in one year. Recurrent yeast infections may be related to other medical conditions, such as diabetes or HIV, and may require a doctor’s care. They can also be caused by yeast that are resistant to anti fungal medications.

Prevention of Yeast Infection

  1. Do NOT douche at all. Douching changes the acidity level of the vagina and the balance of organisms that live in it.
  2. Wear cotton panties ONLY, these are cooler than synthetic panties and won’t trap sweat.
  3. Avoid feminine sprays, which can be irritating
  4. Avoiding hot tubs or very hot baths.
  5. Be sure to change tampons or pads often during your period;
  6. Make sure you get out of wet clothes
  7. Avoiding tight panties, pantyhose, and jeans.
  8. Sleep without panties.

Thank you

Dr. Chudi Godsons

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30 COMMENTS

  1. Plz, I’m thankful for this piece, a friend and hubby is having infertility issues and do not know where to go, please advise. Thank you.

  2. Gooday sir,
    im so impress with wat ve been doing,ts has helped me greatly,i did follicumentry scan no follicle was seen wat could be the cause.
    thank u

    • Well, if no follicle was seen, then it is possible you have depleted egg reserves. Please follow up with your doctor for next line of management

  3. Thank u sir,plz sir der is a boil beside my vaginal nd ve gone for infection test nd they said i dont ve infection nd each tym i press it something like puns do come out of it nd this it has been der more than 3month.wat can i do?

    • You need to see not just any doctor, but a gynecologist, you will need to have that pus drained and then given some medications

    • Any form of discharge apart from your normal odorless and colorless discharge MUST be reported to your doctor. Please go and see your gynecologist

  4. Good morning doc. Thanks so much. But I have one issue. Don’t know if is an yeast infection too. If I and my husband didn’t make love for a very long time, my viginal part will be itching me seriously until we make love even though I used antibiotic drugs or the cream it will only go for awhile but still come back till i have fun with my husband before the itching can stop.

    • Well, you need to go and see your gynecologist to figure out what might be troubling you. It is possible it is a structural issue or you have a growth someone in your body. It can also be infection. But please see your doctor

  5. Sir I saw my period last month 2wks after my normal time and right now am feeling some movement in my womb I don’t know what that means.

  6. Hello Doc,happy new and well done on what you have been doing for women out there…I just finished menstruating days ago and normally,after heavy flow,I usually have drops of blood on my pant,but this time around,after urinating and when I use tissue to clean my vagina,it brings out red like dirty blood,it doesn’t look good at all and sometimes last year Dec,while pooing,I saw a discharge on my poo,and sometimes i do have itching on my vagina,though not serious,please,what could be the cause of all these? I wish to see a gynaecologist here in Abuja,if u could please direct me to one. Tnx

    • Well, i can refer you to our provider in Abuja, but you have to be a subscribed member to receive this service. Please read the group’s guideline on our pinned post in facebook for specific instructions.
      Thank you

  7. Good afternoon sir? Am really impressed by ur world, please I want you to help me out I have infection which I have been treating for sometimes now, I have taking any can of drugs. After talking the I will be aving a little discharge and it makes my menstruation not to flow normal. Dr Chidi am already tired of this pls can you help me out. Thankyou so if do this for me!

    • You will need to see a gynecologist one on one for assessment and appropriate treatment. I cannot prescribe any medication over the internet without due process

    • You will need to see a gynecologist one on one for assessment and appropriate treatment. I cannot prescribe any medication over the internet without due process

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