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‘Tis the season—to couple up! Cuffing season is upon us, ladies, which means many of you will soon be cuddling up with your new partner to escape the cold weather and engage in a little Netflix and chill. The last thing you want joining you in and out of the bedroom is a yeast infection! Let’s take a closer look at how certain types of lingerie can increase your risk for yeast infection symptoms,1 and find out what you can do to avoid spending cuffing season with the annoying feminine itch brought on by a yeast infection.
Yeast Infection Woes
The problem is caused by Candida, which is the formal name for a genus of yeast that is found in the vagina.2 When Candida grows beyond the normal amount that is usually occurring in a healthy vagina, that’s the start of a yeast infection. Yeast LOVES growing in a damp, warm environment.3 If you’re not proactive with your vaginal health, you could be one of the miserable ladies struggling with the uncomfortable feminine itch and possible cottage cheese-like discharge associated with yeast infection symptoms.
Choose Your Lingerie Wisely to Help Avoid Yeast Infections
You may think your new boo is all about your lingerie, but it’s also extremely important to us ladies; experts say the global underwear industry is worth $30 billion! That’s a whole lot of lacey undies, so it’s as important as ever to make sure you’re wearing the proper lingerie to help avoid yeast infections. Undergarments made with tight, synthetic material means your area down below gets less air circulation than it should. Choose sexy little numbers made with cotton! Cotton allows your vagina to breathe, while also wicking moisture that is often trapped.4 There are hosts of adorable options out there that focus on sex appeal AND functionality, so you can get the best of both worlds, and your babe can reap the benefits as well, because cuddling in cotton undies is easy and breezy.
Feminine Scents and Yeast Infections
Sometimes women are concerned about the way they smell down below, especially on the day of an exciting date. This may lead to using douches, and feminine deodorant sprays, but that is not a good idea! Douching can “wash away” good bacteria and upset the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina.5 An upset in the balance may lead to a yeast infection.6 Some believe feminine sprays may also alter the vaginal environment and upset the natural balance of good bacteria in the vagina.6 Ladies, don’t worry about smelling like roses: your lady flower always has a scent, and that’s OK!7
So be conscious about your vaginal health before cuddling up this cuffing season. You’ll thank yourself for it!
1 Vaginal Yeast Infections—Prevention, http://www.webmd.com/women/tc/vaginal-yeast-infections-prevention
2 Vaginal Yeast Infections—Topic Overview, http://www.webmd.com/women/tc/vaginal-yeast-infections-topic-overview
3 Infections: Vaginal Yeast Infections, http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial_viral/yeast_infection.html
4 Lifestyle Habits that Lead to Yeast Infections, http://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/yeast-infection/lifestyle-habits-and-yeast-infections/
5 Vaginal Yeast Infection, http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/vaginal-yeast-infections.html#
6 Douching Fact Sheet, http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/douching.html
7 How Are Vaginas Supposed to Smell? http://www.blogher.com/how-are-vaginas-supposed-smell