Research has it that, 3 out of 4 females will be affected by vaginal candidiasis at some point in their lifetime with 1 out of 4 having more than one infection. This sometimes continues to the extent that, no matter what you do it keeps coming back frequently. That is when you begin to hate your own vagina. If you get vaginal candidiasis frequently you may assume it cannot be cured or prevented. To prevent vaginal candidiasis, it is very important to have an idea about the factors that contribute to its occurrence. This will actually guide you to avoid those activities which will create the mess for you.

  1. Avoid taking Antibiotics without doctors advise

Taking antibiotics can decrease the good bacteria that protects the vagina. Most people take antibiotics with the aim of treating candidiasis. Candidiasis is not a bacterial infection but rather a fungus. Therefore, taking antibiotics just worsens your case by killing the good bacteria in your vagina. Take antibiotics only when prescribed by a physician.

  • Have smart sex

If you engage in unprotected sex, you should also shower or at least clean the vulva after sex with warm water to clear excess semen to avoid irritation and possible infection.It is also important to avoid sexual intercourse during treatment of candidiasis to until your symptoms are cleared.

  • Stay clean and dry

To avoid the occurrence of vaginal candidiasis, it is advisable to wipe from front to back not back to front after using the toilet. This will prevent bacteria in the faeces from getting into the vagina which can be a possible source of infection. If possibly rinse with warm water to remove the unwanted bacteria. Make sure to change out your wet suit immediately after gym, swimming or after soaked with rain. Excessive wetness is a comfortable environment for candidiasis to thrive.

  • Bath smartly

Bathing smartly is a great factor for vaginal candidiasis prevention. Avoid cleaning your genitals with soap. Rinsing your vagina with water only and dry with soft towel is enough to do the magic.

  • Avoid douching

Douching (spraying water or any chemical into the vagina.) can change your vagina’s acidity level. This becomes suitable and encourages the growth of candida. Douching can also remove the good bacteria from your vagina and encourage infections

  • Avoid eating too much sugary foods.

Yeast(candida) feeds on sugar to grow. But in the presence of high level of sugar in the blood, they grow out of control and becomes unreasonably high which leads to candidiasis. It is advisable therefore to limit the intake of too much sugary foods to reduce the risk of vaginal candidiasis. Even though the sugar in foods such as fruits are natural sugar they need to be taken in smaller quantities.

  • Dress smartly during this course

It is advisable to avoid tight-fitting pants and wear cloth that allow the vagina to breathe. Going commando (no wearing of panties) is highly recommended when at home because this will allow the vagina to breath. Wearing of cotton underwear is also recommended as they absorb moisture better than synthetic underwear.

  • Menstruate smartly

Although most candidiasis is likely to occur just before or immediately after menstruation, adhering to hygienic guidelines can help prevent it. It is critical to keep your genital clean during this period and avoid wearing of pad for too long before changing. Scented pads should also be avoided as this can disrupt the vagina environment and give birth to vaginal candidiasis.

This blog pro­vides infor­ma­tion about vaginal health and related sub­jects. The blog content and any linked materials herein are not intended to be, and should not be con­strued as a substitute for, med­ical or healthcare advice, diagnosis or treatment. Any reader or per­son with a med­ical con­cern should con­sult a healthcare provider. This blog is provided purely for informational purposes.

The article was written by Godfrey Yeboah Amoah and published at Translation and voice note were done by Mrs. Nancy Boateng

Godfrey Yeboah Amoah
Godfrey Yeboah Amoah

Godfrey Yeboah Amoah is a reproductive health and rights activist and the founder of Vagicare Konsult. A medical Laboratory scientist by profession and specialty in population and health, Godfrey combines his professional knowledge, experience and specialty to educate females on quality reproductive health practices

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