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What NOT to do when you have a yeast infection



If you're experiencing the uncomfortable symptoms of a yeast infection, it can be hard to know what to do. But it's important to remember that not all treatments are created equal. In this blog post, we will explore what you should NOT do if you have a yeast infection and how to prevent yeast infections from occurring in the first place. We will also discuss what causes yeast infections so you can be more informed about your vaginal health and make the best decisions for your body.


So let's take a closer look at what you should NOT do when you have a yeast infection.


Do Not Douche

Douching is a common practice used by many people with vaginas to try and clean the inside of the vagina. Unfortunately, this practice can be harmful and can actually make yeast infection symptoms worse. Douching changes the pH balance in the vagina and can disrupt the delicate ecosystem that keeps your vagina healthy. Additionally, douching may push bacteria further into your uterus, leading to an increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease. Therefore, it is important to avoid douching if you have or think you have a yeast infection.


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Do Not Use Feminine Hygiene Sprays

Feminine hygiene sprays, such as deodorant sprays and other fragrances, can cause more harm than good when it comes to vaginal health. These products are marketed to 'mask the unpleasant odor', but they also contain irritants that can further irritate the sensitive vulva skin and exacerbate existing yeast infection symptoms. In fact, many over-the-counter products labeled as “feminine hygiene” can disrupt your natural pH balance and cause an infection. Therefore, it’s best to avoid using any form of feminine hygiene spray if you have a yeast infection....or just in general.


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Do Not Use Harsh Soaps

Using harsh soaps when you have a yeast infection is a big no-no. Harsh soaps can actually worsen the symptoms of your yeast infection, such as itching, burning, and soreness. They can also cause more irritation to the affected area. Therefore, it is important to avoid using any type of harsh soap when you are dealing with a yeast infection. It is best to use mild soap (or no soap) and warm water to cleanse the area gently.


Do Not Have Sex

Having sex when you have a yeast infection can be very painful and uncomfortable. It can also increase your risk of developing micro tears and sores, STIs, and can even worsen your yeast infection. If you do decide to have sex, make sure you use condoms and lubrication to reduce friction and protect yourself from potential infections. Additionally, keep an eye out for any signs of yeast infection symptoms such as itching, burning, or swelling in the vaginal area. If you experience any of these symptoms during or after sexual intercourse, stop immediately and seek medical attention.


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Do Not Wear Tight-Fitting Clothing

Tight-fitting clothing can trap moisture and heat, creating the perfect environment for yeast to grow. It can also irritate your skin and increase yeast infection symptoms like itching and burning. To help keep your vagina healthy, wear loose-fitting clothes made of natural fibers such as cotton. These materials allow your skin to breathe and reduce the risk of an infection occurring or getting worse.



Yeast infections can be uncomfortable and irritating, but proper care and attention can help alleviate symptoms quickly.


It’s important to remember that douching, feminine hygiene sprays, harsh soaps, having sex, and wearing tight-fitting clothing can all exacerbate yeast infection symptoms and make them worse. Pay attention to the warning signs (like thick white discharge and vaginal burning) of a yeast infection and take steps to address it as soon as possible to prevent further complications. AND always remember that yeast infections are incredibly common and are nothing to be embarrassed about. These are simply tips to help all people with vaginas live their happiest, healthiest lives.




Further Reading:

My Battle With Chronic Yeast Infections & the Magic Vagina Potion That Gave Me Total Bodily Autonomy by Haley Jakobson (she/her)

WTF Is Wrong With My Vagina? Comparing 3 Common Vaginal Issues

What Causes Vaginal Infections?




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All material on Momotaro Apotheca is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition.

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