Vaginitis is any infection, inflammation or irritation of the vaginal area that changes your normal vaginal discharge.
Many women experience vaginitis or yeast infections during their lifetime. Up to 25% of women may experience recurrent yeast infections.
There are ways to prevent or at least minimize your exposure and chances of getting a vaginal infection. These are 11 tips to keep in mind to prevent vaginitis.
- Don’t take antibiotics unless you really need to. Women usually experience yeast infections after a regiment of antibiotics. Antibiotics can upset the normal level of bacteria found in the vagina. There is good and bad bacteria found in the vagina (this is called flora). This is usually balanced.
- Wash the vaginal area at least once per day with plain water and a mild unscented soap. Rinse and dry thoroughly
- After urination always wipe front to back
- Limit how many sexual partners you have. Use condoms during sex
- Do not use feminine deodorant sprays or other perfumed products directly on your vaginal area. These can irritate and dry tender skin
- Do not douche. Frequent douching can also upset the flora balance of the vagina
- During your period, change tampons a minimum of 3 times per day or alternate between tampons and pads. For example, use tampons during the day and pads at night. Never leave a tampon in for more than 8 hours
- If you think an issue exists with your birth control, discuss this with your physician
- Do not wear pantyhose that are tight fitting or tight nylon underwear. Tight jeans or other clothes that don’t allow air flow to the vaginal area or rub the tender skin should be avoided
- Try a vaginal lubricant during sex if you have a problem with dryness
- If you’re diabetic, keep your blood sugars controlled. This will help prevent yeast infections.
These are only tips of what you can do if you would like to avoid vaginal infections. If you feel that you have a vaginal infection, see your physician to determine what type of infection you have and what medication should be taken to cure it.