How can I prevent vaginal yeast infections?

You often can prevent vaginal yeast infections by making a few lifestyle changes. These changes can include:

  • Not douching—douching can kill bacteria that actually controls fungus.
  • Avoiding the use of feminine deodorants.
  • Not using deodorant (scented) tampons or pads.
  • Changing out of wet clothing, especially bathing suits, as soon as you can.
  • Using water-based sexual lubricants.

If you have diabetes, it is important to keep your blood sugar level as close to normal as possible. Controlling your diabetes can help prevent vaginal yeast infections.

The symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection are similar to other conditions. If you have any questions, a physical exam by your healthcare provider will help.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 10/26/2019.

References

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaginal Candidiasis. Accessed 10/28/2019.
  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Vaginitis. Accessed 10/28/2019.
  • US Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health. Vaginal Yeast Infections. Accessed 10/28/2019.

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