4 simple ways to prevent vaginal infections

Better safe than sorry!

Women of any age can be affected with the most commonly occurring infection being a yeast infection.

The most common agent is bacteria but often vaginas get infected through viruses and other pathogens.

Infections occur naturally when the natural balance of good vaginal bacteria is affected.

Here are simple ways to prevent vaginal infections.

1. Balanced diet

Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grain.

2. Avoid unnecessary use of antibiotics

Antibiotics can change the normal balance of vaginal organisms, allowing excess growth of yeast.

3. Shower with warm water

Generally keep your vaginal area clean. Use mild unscented soap and warm water when you shower.

4. Wear loose underwear

Wear loose-fitting underwear that helps keep your genital area dry. One good choice is cotton underwear. Try sleeping without underwear. Make sure the fabric doesn't retain moisture.

5. Avoid harsh chemicals

Don't douche or use deodorant tampons or feminine sprays, powders, or perfumes. These products affect the natural balance of microorganisms that exist in the vagina.

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