Candidiasis is a very common vaginal infection , it is estimated that between 70 and 75% of women of reproductive age will suffer from this condition at least once throughout their lives, while between 40 and 50% will suffer from recurrent candidiasis.
But what is it and why is it so common to suffer from it? It is a vaginal yeast infection that usually causes intense irritation and itching, in addition to increased flow. These discomforts occur both in the vagina and in the vulva.
It must be borne in mind that the vagina has a balanced presence of bacteria and fungi, among which are candida, but when that balance is altered, annoying infections can appear.
Factors that can favor the appearance of candidiasis
The appearance of candidiasis can be caused by various factors that alter the balance of fungi in the vagina:
use of antibiotics
The frequent use of antibiotics can cause an imbalance in the vaginal flora, which can favor the excessive growth of yeast found in the vagina and cause vaginal yeast infection.
It is important to follow the antibiotic treatment administered by the specialist to the letter and not take this type of medication without supervision. If intimate discomfort appears during treatment, consult your doctor.
Consumption of oral contraceptives
Hormonal treatments, such as contraceptives, can also promote the appearance of yeast infection by increasing estrogen levels.
The hormonal changes produced during pregnancy can lead to the proliferation of fungus in the intimate area , altering its balance and increasing the possibility of suffering vaginal candidiasis.
The presence of other conditions, such as a picture of diabetes, can contribute to the increase in the volume of yeast found in the vagina, so the appearance of vaginal candidiasis can be more frequent.
How to avoid vaginal yeast infection
The first thing we must take into account to prevent vaginal candidiasis is good intimate hygiene, since maintaining a balanced pH in the vaginal area will help us avoid this and other common intimate infections, such as bacterial vaginosis. Likewise, it is important to avoid all risk factors that favor the appearance of the fungus.
That is why we invite you to follow these recommendations to avoid candidiasis:
Intimate hygiene with specific products for the area
It is advisable to wash the intimate area with products indicated for this area. The ideal is to choose an intimate hypoallergenic gel without dyes, which contributes to the balance of vaginal pH, as is the case with the gels from the Durex Intima Protect line.
The Soothing Intimate Gel and the Refreshing Intimate Gel help soothe discomfort and bad odor caused by loss of balance while maintaining hygiene in the area. And when you’re not at home, you can opt for the 2-in-1 Wipes, which refresh the area and soothe discomfort no matter where you are.
Wear cotton underwear that is not too tight
Cotton underwear favors perspiration, helping to control moisture in the vaginal area. It is also recommended that the panties are not too tight for proper perspiration.
Avoid spending a long time with wet clothes
Wet clothes can favor the proliferation of fungi, so it will always be advisable to avoid them. In the same way, it is very important to dry the intimate area well after showering and to change underwear after each physical activity.
Do not use vaginal showers or products not indicated for the intimate area
The female intimate area is very sensitive, so adding inappropriate products to the hygiene routine, such as deodorants or powders, or douching without medical recommendation, can alter the vaginal flora and make us more prone to infection. by fungi.
Do not self-medicate with antibiotics
Self-medication is not recommended in any case, and misuse of antibiotics affects the vaginal flora. If you think you need medication, see your doctor so he can assess your condition and prescribe what you really need.
Change tampons and pads frequently
Tampons, being wet, can favor the appearance of vaginal infections, which is why it is important to change them often. Likewise, it is important that you use tampons according to your vaginal discharge, that is, do not try to use ones with greater absorption so as not to have to change them often, as it can be counterproductive.
The same with the compresses. It is important not to leave them on for a long time since, being humid, they favor the presence of fungi.
With these recommendations and proper care you can prevent vaginal candidiasis. If you want to know more about this condition, we invite you to consult our article Vaginal candidiasis: symptoms and treatment.