Yeast Infection - Prevention

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If yeast is commonly present in normal women, who should be treated?

All women with the symptoms of infection described above should be treated. Women without symptoms should not be treated. Most experts do not recommend treating the sex partners of women with yeast vaginitis if they do not have symptoms themselves, although this has been a controversial issue.

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Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

Lots of people mention acidophilus. For those who don't know, it is a probiotic. It is one of the bacteria found in yogurt as well. We have lots of different bacteria in our vaginas that work together, but when the yeast out numbers the "good bacteria" that is when we get a yeast infection. If you are prone to yeast infections, you should regularly take probiotics to keep your inner environment balanced. Yogurt is good, but most of our yogurts contain so much sugar that they feed the yeast as well. You can get probiotics in pill form or powder to sprinkle in a cool drink or some unsweetened applesauce (like I do for my kids). Everyone in my house takes probiotics when we're on antibiotics. It's not only good for the balance in your vagina but in your guts and colon too. My kids have less diarrhea on antibiotics if they take probiotics at the same time!

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Comment from: Jenn, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

To me this should be standard knowledge, but my friend who was getting yeast infections didn't know about it. Women should not be sleeping with underwear on. It causes too much heat and bacteria collects. I always sleep with just pajamas, shorts or thin light pajama pants. I had a yeast infection when I was 14 and didn't have another problem until I started using a heating blanket. Another no-no as it caused too much heat allowing the bacteria to grow.

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