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Change immediately after working out
Yeast infections thrive in moist, warm places. Wet clothes trap moisture and encourage the growth of unwanted bacteria. The sooner you can change after a killer workout or swim, the better.
Do not self-diagnose
Every woman is different, but healthy vaginas all have key things in common – no itching, burning, discharge or odour. Have you ever noticed any of these symptoms and immediately jumped to the conclusion that you have a yeast infection? Before you self-medicate, take time to understand what might really be going on. Visit your doctor or gynecologist to be sure.
Wear cotton underwear
Ever wonder why most undies come with a strip of cotton? It’s to help with the breathability for your vagina. Cotton lets air in and absorbs moisture to help prevent the growth of bacteria which can lead to an infection. If you want to go one step further, go commando when you’re just hanging around the house.
Try a probiotic to help balance your pH levels
When your vaginal pH balance is disturbed, yeast infection-like symptoms tend to occur which make us assume that’s the problem. An unbalanced vaginal pH can be caused by menstruating, sex, and child birth and can lead to bacterial vaginosis. By understanding and maintaining a healthy vaginal pH, you can reduce your risk of vaginal odour and discomfort with a probiotic, like RepHresh Pro-B. RepHresh Pro-B is an oral probiotic feminine supplement that contains patented and clinically tested strains of probiotic lactobacillus that have been shown to work with your body to balance yeast and bacteria and maintain healthy vaginal flora.
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Keep it clean and clean it right
Scented body wash smells amazing and having a rose scented vagina may seem like a great idea, but your vagina is not meant to smell like flowers. Not all body parts are the same when you’re in the shower, and regular soaps can be drying and throw off your vaginal pH. It’s recommended that you use a mild, unscented soap when washing your vagina to keep your pH balance normal. Do your vagina a favour and save the scented body wash for the rest of your body.
Protect yourself and your vagina
One way to protect yourself and your vagina is to wear condoms during sex. Condoms, like Trojan’s Nirvana Collection, not only add pleasure to your experience, they help protect you from STIs.
Eat vagina friendly foods
You may not realize it but what you eat can affect your vagina. Like your gut, your vagina relies on healthy bacteria. Certain foods like Greek yogurt, kimchi and cheese contain active bacteria that help maintain healthy bacteria levels and can ward off infections.