Why do women get yeast infection? I searched for an answer to this question posted by many in a number of women’s health forums and chat rooms. After scouting the internet and reading up books on yeast infection I was able to put together some of the reasons for women suffering from recurring or repeated yeast infection. These include
Antibiotics it appears are one of the primary causes of yeast imbalance in our body. Also referred to as Candida Albicans, yeast resides in small number in our body. When we take antibiotics for treating any infection or ailment that we may be suffering from, the antibiotics get rid of not only the bad bacteria/yeasts responsible for the ailment it also destroy the good or healthy bacteria/ yeast required in our body. This causes yeast infection. You will be surprised to know that for many women antibiotics prescribed for conditions like UTI or Urinary tract infection can cause a yeast infection.
b)Male yeast infection
My colleague (who used to get yeast infection repeatedly) and her partner used condoms while having sexual intercourse. They were under the impression that making use of condoms will ensure that the male semen does not enter the vagina or affect it in any manner. However the real cause of her recurring yeast infection was her own fluids left over in her partner’s pubic hair or testicles which were re-infecting her again and again. It is important to bear in mind the fact that men also get yeast infection and can pass on the same to their female partners when they have sexual relations.
Women suffering from Diabetes are at a greater risk of contacting yeast infections.
d)Use of Pill
Another factor which can enhance the risk of woman getting yeast infection is the use of Pill.
e)Excessive body weight
There is some evidence to suggest that women who are obese or overweight have greater chances of suffering from infection of yeast. This could probably be because of ideal conditions (like skin fold and sweat or moisture) which encourage the infection causing harmful bacteria/ yeast to thrive and multiply fast.
f)Tight fit clothes/ undergarments made of synthetic material
Yeast thrives in warm, moist conditions. When we wear clothes which are tight fitting we sweat a lot in the thigh/groin area. Similarly when we wear underwear made of synthetic material, sweat and moisture rather than getting absorbed remains in the vagina. As a result the yeast starts multiplying in large numbers.
What you can do to prevent recurrent yeast infection?
•Wear underwear made of cotton which absorbs moisture and ensures proper air circulation in the groin/vaginal area
•Avoid wearing tight fit jeans or trousers in case you already have a yeast infection. Till such time that your infection clears up wear loose fit pants or skirts.
•Ensure to wipe from front to back after using the toilet
•Refrain from vaginal douching
•Abstain from having sex intercourse till such time that your infection clears up completely.
How to cure a yeast infection at home fast if you already have it?
In case you are making use of antibiotics to treat any other ailment that you may be suffering from consult your doctor to rule out the possibility of the antibiotics causing your yeast infection.
Get your partner also treated for a yeast infection
Make some dietary changes. Include 2-3 servings of high quality ‘probiotic’, unflavored, unsweetened, natural yogurt in our daily intake. In fact irrespective of whether you have a yeast infection or not include yogurt as a part of your daily diet. This is useful to maintain the natural vaginal flora at all times.
Stay away from sweets, sugars, alcohol, coffee and starchy foods which feed the yeast and make it grow. Similarly avoid foods which contain yeast. Ensure that you have fiber rich food and drink plenty of water to get rid of any harmful toxins in your body.
Unsweetened cranberry juice is capable of acidifying the vaginal secretion. This in turn will fight off the harmful yeast responsible for the condition. Consuming 2-3 raw garlic cloves is also an excellent home cure for yeast infection. Garlic which has strong antifungal properties can also be included in salads, soups and sauces. By scouting the internet you will be able to find many more such home remedies to cure yeast infection naturally fast.