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This is how to prevent vaginal infections

09 April 2015, 16:15 Winnie Mwirikia

As minor as it sounds, it is common and serious more than you think. Many women just don’t know how to avoid the triggers of vaginal infections. Here are 6 simple ways you can do to keep those infections at bay:

Keep yourself cool and wear appropriate underwear

Bacteria loves heat, so keep yourself cool. Avoid tight underwear or clothes made of synthetic fibers like rayon and polyester that can trap heat. Wear cotton or cotton-crotch underwear. Some women prefer not wearing underwears for fashion or comfort but for the sake of your health, you need one. The insides of our clothing may seem clean, but they are unfortunately not as clean as we might think. Every time you sit down somewhere, you pick up bacteria that can cross through that fabric to the inside, making it easy for you to get an infection. By wearing underwear, you give yourself an extra line of defence against germs. You can easily prevent urinary infections by making sure you wear freshly cleaned cotton underwear every day. Also, avoid wearing g-strings if possible. They deteriorate infections due to rubbing and they also don’t feel all that clean.

Use gentle cleansing products

Avoid scented hygiene products like bubble bath, sprays, scented pads, and scented tampons. They can be irritating. In order to be safe, cleanse your shower of any harmful soaps. Avoid using anything that is scented or has perfume in it. Also, trying using natural products that don’t have a list of ingredients longer than a few items on the back. The fewer ingredients in your soaps, the more natural they are and the better they are for you. Women can contract urinary tract infections using a soap that offsets our natural balance, or by getting a harsh soap in contact with our sensitive areas. These soaps can easily move up our urinary tract and cause infection.

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Keep dry

Bacteria likes wet places, too! Change out of wet bathing suits and exercise clothes as soon as possible. Make sure your underwear is dry.

Take a lot of fluids

Drinking enough liquids will help clean out your urinary tract and help prevent infections. You’ll know that you’re drinking enough if your urine (pee) is light yellow or almost clear. This will make you visit the lavatory regularly and in so doing, you will be flushing out all of those bacteria and those toxins that can cause a urinary tract infection. If you drink enough water, you should be going to the washroom five to six times a day.

Abstain from sex if you can’t use protection

Sexual intercourse may increase your chances of contracting some infections even if they’re not considered sexually transmitted infections. Men unknowingly carry infections along, either from washrooms or sex partners. It doesn’t have to be HIV, Gonorrhea or Syphilis but other minor vaginal infections that will cost you dearly. Abstinence is the safest way to avoid infections.

Clean up after sex

There are so many fluids involved in intercourse. With the way we women are built, we are much more likely to have these fluids come into contact with our urinary tract and transfer bacteria that causes infection. The best way to avoid contracting any of these bacteria is to make sure we clean ourselves thoroughly after sex. This can be as simple as keeping a pack of baby wipes in our washroom or handbag.

By using these preventative measures, you’ll also be treating any infection you might currently have. But if you have one, visit a gynecologist for treatment. However, UTIs can be cured with antibiotics.

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