Female intimate hygiene is a topic that has been discussed behind the doors. Women often find it difficult to discuss it due to the fear of judgment. The issues related to intimate areas are numerous but the most common amongst these is a vaginal yeast infection. Being conditioned to believe that vaginal infection is related to a lack of intimate hygiene, the reluctance to discuss this topic subdues the help at the right time. There are numerous myths related to vaginal yeast infection symptoms, causes, and treatment. Today we shall discuss the most common myths related to vaginal yeast infection.
Myths about vaginal yeast infection
Myth #1 Intimate washes prevent vaginal infection
It is widely believed that intimate washes prevent vaginal yeast infection. The reality is that they kill the good bacteria around your vulva and change the natural pH which makes you more susceptible to vaginal infection.
Some experts even suggest using plain water to clean the vaginal areas. But if you are left with an unclean feeling, use only mild soaps.
Myth #2 Intimate infection is caused by lack of hygiene
Mostly yeast infection is proliferated in the bodies which sweat more. Moreover, if your vaginal area tends to hold more moisture, proliferation chances are more. In short, if your body is susceptible to infection, anything can be the reason.
Myth #3 External vaginal itch creams cure vaginal infections
It is a belief that vaginal itch creams are the medicine to cure the vaginal infection. The reality is that itch creams treat the vaginal yeast infection symptoms, and relieve you of the itchiness. In order to cure the infection, taking proper medicine is imperative.
Myth #4 Vaginal yeast infection spreads through sexual intercourse
The most important information about yeast infection that you must keep in mind is that it is not infectious. It doesn’t spread through intercourse. Often doctors suggest you refrain from intercourse because it could be painful for you.
Myth #5 Swimming cause vaginal yeast infection
If you have vaginal yeast infection symptoms, you need not refrain from swimming. Swimming doesn’t cause or spread this. As mentioned earlier, it is not an infectious disease. But you must make sure to dry the vaginal area properly to avoid retaining moisture.
Tips to avoid vaginal infection:
Iron your panties: If you feel that your vulva is always wet, you are susceptible to yeast infection. Hence iron your panties to avoid any amount of moisture around the vulva.
Dry your vulva after urination: Keep your vulva clean and dry after you pass urine.
Continue using the cream: Even if you are cured of vaginal infection, keep using the vaginal cream/gel because it prevents a relapse.
Get rid of the intimate wash: You no longer need the intimate wash to clean your intimate area. Use mild soap/water
Consult a dermatologist: Consulting a dermatologist is very important. This infection, if left untreated could cause further complications and even cancer.
Keep a toilet sanitizer handy: Most vaginal infections are spread through unhygienic public toilets. Hence always keep a toilet sanitizer handy or use Indian toilets as much as possible.
If you think that you have a vaginal yeast infection, don’t be shy to speak up. Take help and be assured of your health.